Beau March 7th, 2007
Ah, the many things we do. From waking to helping a child get ready for school, the dishes, the animals, the cleaning, the organizing, the planning, the outdoor work, the kids again… so often it seems it’s a cycle that never ends! What do you do to keep your focus, and stay “in the game”?
Sometimes I’m not so sure, yet if I’m tired or restless, or simply not focused…. I just begin. One of the quotes I like is by Rev. Robert Schuller that says, “Beginning is half done!” I think that’s true… once we simply begin and start in with something, pretty soon we are moving ahead. We may move on to other things, or notice something needs attention that we had not thought of previously. Somehow the application of our energy and focus allows us to do what needs done, even if just a little at a time. Nothing really magical, but it works!
I think I suffer from too large an awareness of what “needs done” however… and sometimes that can seem overwhelming. So again, I just start in with something and usually find that the little pieces of a project can organize themselves along the way, as long as I’m participating in the process. And with progress, however small, we find success. I wonder if it is only humans who have thoughts that speak of self-indulgence… lamenting our weaknesses, praising our strengths and success. The dogs, cats, birds, fish… even the plants and flowers just… are. They live, grow, explore and express the individuality of their “being” within the environment in which they exist, not asking for much beyond the basics of life. But what a gift they are!
I did see the Phoebe has arrived with the coming of Spring. I chased a few geese from the pond this morning as the countless birds called to the rising sun. I get to visit with a few kindergartner’s this morning and facilitate reading. That is a humbling experience by the way, to see a young child struggling to learn to read, trying hard to do something they know so little about. But once they begin, they find joy in the small victories of each word and sentence. Maybe I should remember that… :) Here’s some more “hydroponic tulips” to begin the day.