Stop What You’re Doing

STOP!

Think about what you’re doing right now.

Ever hear about the person who ran with the ball before catching it because in their mind they were already making the big play? Ever see someone so worried about catching the ball that they forget to catch it?

You could say they lost their focus and you’d be right, but the reason they lost their focus was because their minds weren’t in the moment. They could be stuck in the past, their thoughts churning over and over again past moments when they failed. On the other hand, they could have been dwelling in the illusionary future without having done the work required to get there.

It’s easy to do and *hand up* I admit to having dwelt in both places at one time or another.

It’s even possible to do both and leapfrog the present. For example, “My life has been terrible ever since I was little, but someday I’ll show them all.”

This is on my mind because it was happening to me.

When I relocated to Montana in February I arrived ready to tackle what needed done. On one hand, I set to work obtaining my driver’s license, license plates, new bank account, new doctor, etc. On the other hand, I began establishing my business self. I had a website created, obtained a business post office box, had business cards made, and published The Renaissance Cycle. On the third hand, which I don’t have, I unpacked and tossed possessions wherever they fit.

Chaos reigned within the apartment, but I was so focused on the next post, the next story, and the next (self-imposed) deadline that I refused to deal with the disaster. Even when I needed a medical document and it took me over half-an-hour to find it I stubbornly (yes, I’m a Taurus) forged ahead, my head bowed before the computer.

STOP!

Stopping for me came on my trip to New Mexico where the deadlines faded away in the depths of the Carlsbad Caverns and on the beautiful streets of Santa Fe. I went to see the sights and came back with my sanity. I returned to Montana in the present and set to work organizing the apartment and abolishing the clutter that had become such a distraction that one eye regularly strayed to it even while I tried to write. Before the trip I was devoting more and more time to writing, yet that time was yielding less and less productivity.

So, please, stop and take time to reexamine where your mind is residing. If it’s somewhere other than in the present then you need to take a break before stress takes you further into the past or the future. Take time for yourself. Recharge! Your productivity and focus will be the better for it.

Here are some examples of me recharging…

Photo: CA Hawthorne. Entrance to Carlsbad Caverns. A 1.25 mile (2k) trek to 830 feet (253 m.) below ground.

Photo: CA Hawthorne. Entrance to Carlsbad Caverns. A 1.25 mile (2k) trek to 830 feet (253 m.) below ground.

Photo: CA Hawthorne. Twin Domes in Carlsbad Caverns.

Photo: CA Hawthorne. Twin Domes in Carlsbad Caverns.

Photo: CA Hawthorne. Stalagmites, a column, and soda straws in Carlsbad Cavern.

Photo: CA Hawthorne. Stalagmites, a column, and soda straws in Carlsbad Cavern.

Photo: CA Hawthorne. Stalagmites, soda straws, and draperies in Carlsbad Caverns.

Photo: CA Hawthorne. Stalagmites, soda straws, and draperies in Carlsbad Caverns.

Photo: CA Hawthorne. Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe.

Photo: CA Hawthorne. Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe.

Photo: CA Hawthorne. Before the shopping began.

Photo: CA Hawthorne. Before the shopping began.

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