A LARGE GLASS OF WATER
BY DIANE KERTH
I have one of those refrigerators where you push your glass against a lever on the front of the refrigerator, and a stream of water comes out to fill your glass. So, there I was staring at my glass as it slowly filled, waiting and waiting as it climbed the walls of the glass with a slow stream of water. Then something on the kitchen counter caught my eye that I forgot to put away. Before you know it, I had shifted my glass ever so slightly and the water started missing the cup and running down the front of the refrigerator and onto the floor instead of continuing to fill my glass. Of course, I immediately stopped when I recognized what was happening, put my half-filled glass down and cleaned up the mess that was quickly created. After everything was dried off, I started again and continued to fill up my large glass.
I stood there thinking about what just happened and it dawned on me that this is the same thing that often happens in life. We will have our focus on a goal or task but if we take our eyes off the goal, our plans can get off track quickly and we start getting unwanted results. I’m sure when I was originally filling the glass, the water was still filling for a second or two when my eyes were averted to the kitchen counter, and all it took was that extra split second of not focusing on it, for water to keep streaming and missing the cup completely. The refrigerator didn’t move, I shifted my focus which shifted my hand. The good news is that when we are self-aware and realize what’s happening, we can regroup, clean up the water, and start again.
Where is your focus when it comes to what you want in life? Are you healthy? Are you managing your stress? Are you happy? When I take control of where I put my focus, I know I am living closer to the life I want. When I want to (sometimes NEED to) feel good I MUST think about positive things. I must listen to upbeat music. I must do something good for someone else. This is what I know works for me. When my stress starts to climb, I need to figure out what about my situation I can control and what I must let go.
Where I put my focus, I know my actions follow, consciously or unconsciously. This may not be a new concept to you, but how many of us are paying attention to how powerful our thoughts are and remember to acknowledge where we have our focus? There are many things in this world that we don’t have control over, but we DO have control over what we think about and where we CHOOSE to put our focus. What are you focusing on today?
3/7/2020 06:57:56 pm
3/7/2020 09:09:09 pm
Thank you MaryBeth! Learning from our day to day experiences is exciting to me while making the most of every moment. Thanks for taking the time to read the post!
3/8/2020 01:31:10 pm
Diane, your post is so profound in its simplicity. I just finished moving all the clocks ahead in my condo. Just like that, one hour was stolen away from me, without even a second thought. This simple task made me think about all the tiny little diversions, distractions, interruptions and unplanned events which steal a bit of my focus so unobtrusively, so furtively from my plan. How easy it is for me to go off course if I am not conscious of it. On a good day, I hopefully quickly realize what is happening and take corrective steps. But, sometimes I don't or I can't and the moment and the opportunity is gone. For those times, I hope I will have the grace to accept the event as a learning opportunity, make a new plan and then move on. Thanks for the reminder Diane!
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