Focus and the Feel-good Experience

I learned about the power of focus and concentration yesterday.

It was a simple lesson, really, one that came from the blessing of an unexpected three hours of unscheduled time when a meeting scheduled to last all day ended early. I suddenly had a  half-day to myself.

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Small Steps

I’m trying to rearrange the way I invest my time.

I want to take better care of myself, physically and emotionally. I want to spend more time doing things I enjoy. I’m like everybody else, trying to balance a long list of want to and must do items.

The challenge isn’t any different today than it’s been for years.  I think my approach is different now.

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Not Writing

I am always thinking about writing. All day long, all evening , and when I wake up in the middle of the night, I think about writing.

My problem is that I don’t write. I’m at a loss to explain why.

I have hundreds of ideas. Ideas for stories. Concepts for novels. Memories to share. Commentaries. Essays. Observations about people or the events taking place around me. Even the occasional journal entry.

I don’t turn my ideas into finished pieces. Hell, most of the time I don’t turn them into drafts.

I have the time to write, too. Not endless hours to write and re-write and ponder the meaning of each word, but enough time to move a piece forward, to finish a short note, or to tell a little story. I can choose to write when I have the time. I can choose to make the time to write.

But I don’t.

I find other things to fill the time. Sometimes useful, even important things, and sometimes I just waste time.

Setting little goals — a small daily word count, a short blog post, even a tweet or two – hasn’t worked. Taking a class hasn’t worked. Something has kept me from my keyboard for months, and I’m trying to fight through it and start writing again.

Here’s a start. We’ll see what happens next.

New Year Evolutions, Part 1

I’ve read article after article this past week about New Year’s resolutions. How to make them. Why to make them. How to forgive yourself when you fail to keep your resolutions. That’s why I avoid making them.

Then I stumbled across an article that prompted me to think differently. Not about New Year’s resolutions, but about how I make small, seemingly inconsequential, decisions every day that define how I feel about myself and the way my life is unfolding.

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Getting My Grinch On

Thanksgiving is two weeks away, so I suppose I should give in to the inevitable. Christmas season is here.

It’s really been here since the end of September, but so far, I’ve been able to ignore it. Or at least bury its arrival deep enough in my brain that I didn’t have to deal with it.

Two nights ago, however, as I drove home from work, Christmas crashed through my defenses in a most unpleasant way:  a local radio station has started playing Christmas music 24 hours a day.

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