Where is your focus?
I’m reminded of a story I read in Anthony Robbins book “Awaken the Giant Within”, about learning to navigate the turns on a race car track. You must always be looking to where you want to go … in the direction you want to go in. If you focus on the wall, guess what you’ll end up hitting? If you look in the direction you want to go, you’ll stand a better chance of staying on the track.
How many times do we focus and put all of our energy on the wall? We may tell our self that we are just trying to avoid any pain by being prepared but the truth is, our focus on the obstacle guarantees impact.
There’s a quote that goes like this;
“If you are depressed, you are living in the past
If you are anxious, you are living in the future
If you are at peace, you are living in the present”
Freedom comes from looking down the track with our foot on the gas pedal. Does that mean that the wall goes away? Certainly not!
Perhaps we can look at the wall as a guide, a landmark to remind us that we must stay on the track and to keep looking ahead.
Another way of looking at “Focus” could be…
When you aim the camera to take a picture, does the image appear crystal clear? With my camera, I have to allow time for the lens to focus and even after it’s focused, only a small portion of the image can fit into the picture.
Perhaps life is meant to look at one small frame at a time. If the image is too big, then there can be too much information being presented and therefore too many distractions taking away the intended focus.
Let’s imagine taking a picture of a beautiful flower. My favorite flower is an Oriental Poppy. To look at the flower, one single flower, it’s absolutely breathtaking; the bright orange/red petals that are like crape paper, the deep, dark center that looks like black ink and the stamens that dangle in the breeze that bring the flower to life. Oh, it’s just exquisite!
Pull the lens back and broaden the focus and now we see all the surrounding area. This area can be beautiful, but it takes the focus off of the beautiful flower, which is what I really want to focus on. Maybe the surrounding area can tell a story about the flower and how it came to be in all its beauty or even how it supports the flower to enhance its beauty, but if I want to capture the beauty of the flower, I must lose the story and just focus on what is, which is just, the flower.
I invite you to place the focus on what you want, on that which you WANT to see. It may be in the distance and you must stay on the track to get there with your foot on the gas, always looking ahead to the target or, you may adjust your focus on a single object and take in its beauty, leaving the surrounding area, the supporting story, in a blur or out of focus.
The reward is, you’ll gain greater peace focusing on those things that bring you happiness and pleasure. Bring what you want into view, concentrating on what you want and leaving the other distractions out of sight. In the end, you’ll stay on track or gain clearer focus to enhance the beauty and the ultimate gift is ….. peace ~