Life is blurry. Focus is what keeps us on track with single-mindedness and clarity. We set out sites on a goal or purpose, and focus enables us to hone in on the final aim. Focus is the word for today’s post: a 5-minute writing challenge with Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday crew.
Focus Features films has a brilliant intro for their movies. The first time I saw it, I was struck by the duality and memorableness. They blur the letter “o” in the word “focus” as the rest of the letters remain clear on a blurred background of dots (or bokeh). By using something fuzzy, they actually help the viewer focus on their point: movies and story help bring things into focus.
My days can be extremely unfocused as I flit from writing to mothering and back to the coffee pot a dozen times. I get distracted by my kids, the messy house, or a stack of papers that need filing.
As I type this, my son is gobbling down blackberries at the kitchen table almost as quickly as he replays a detailed conversation between his friends out loud. He and this post are competing for my sites. I’m tempted to see him like one of those fuzzy dots in the background: beautiful, but not essential.
But the more I concentrate on his voice, the words I type become more clear, like the word “focus” in the intro. He is the “O”, slightly softened, edges obscured. I don’t get everything his six-year old brain is processing aloud, but that’s not the point. The longer I zero in on him, the more I see the person and the story I was missing.
Three Ways To Focus in the Blur
My life is often fuzzy (and noisy.) Here’s what I do to zoom in on the essentials.
- Set the intention. As I doodle in my notebook every morning, I write down 3 tasks for the day, then start on the most important thing first. This means leaving space for grace.
- Rock the routine. Having a repeatable plan for the day eliminates the draining task of decision-making. More energy for writing, mothering, and wife-ing.
- Pray and meditate. Quiet is a disciplined journey so worth the effort. Doing yoga and walking help me pray. So does this awesome prayer app: Abide.
Pay attention to the cloudy “O” in your focus.
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What’s distracting you today? How is it directing you toward what’s truly important?
Feeling completely unbalanced? Here’s a great post when you need laser focus.
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