The other day, I was teaching a workshop and after one of the activities, I asked the group to share their thoughts, comments or questions. One of the participants said the model for conversation that I had just reviewed was familiar; he had learned and used similar things many times in the past, and this was a good reminder. Yes, reminders are often all we need. In the words of Samuel Johnson, “People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.”
You probably already know much of what I blog about. It is my hope that these posts serve as reminders about how to be a kinder, gentler, more thoughtful person. We often get so busy and so focused on our troubles, that we let opportunities pass us by when we can spend time in thought.
This morning, I was listening to an interview. One of the comments was about the need to give direction to our conscious mind about positive things to focus on because negative is the default. If we don’t consciously focus our attention, our mind will wander around aimlessly.
Your assignment for today is to pay attention. When your thoughts wander (and they will) bring your mind back to the task you are working on. Even if that task is washing the dishes or mowing the lawn, focus all your mental energy in the moment. When your mind interrupts and says, “Oh, let’s think about that thing you did yesterday” or “Oh, let’s worry about what might happen tomorrow”, bring it back around to the present moment by focusing on what you are doing.
Let me know how this goes for you, by posting your comments below or send me a note.