We are a culture of distractions. We are also in charge of whether we get distracted. I hear a longing for the luxury of focus. Lao Tzu said something like, “Give yourself the luxury of doing one thing.”
The act of completing anything feels productive. In this information age, we have developed habits such as multitasking. Now, we are (lo and behold) discovering “uni-tasking.” We are learning how to give ourselves the luxury of doing one thing.
Michael Carroll comments in Awake at Work, “we can step beyond our anxiety about work’s difficulties and rediscover our natural sense of well-being and confidence.”
This is also possible in our day to day life. The key is our breath. If we take a breath (or 3), our brain has time to pause, refocus, and choose what to notice and consider. We have time to choose a response. Responsibility is the ability to respond. Making conscious choices takes practice.
Try it. Let me know how it goes. Share it. Let’s all learn together about being more focused, clear, and present. It could change our lives.