Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. ~Greg Anderson~
I have one very focused cat.
For those of you that have been visiting my blog the past few years, you know that Gibbs likes to occasionally hang out in the shower stall.
Whether it be melting ice, a yoga mat hung over a drying rack, the shadows that dance across the white fiberglass interior, or water dripping down the drain, this is part of his domain that brings fascination and focus.
I have no idea what Gibbs saw in that drain or the droplets of water, but he sat and stared at it for what seemed like an eternity. The focus exhibited here is
dogged feline determination, a harmless way to stay out of trouble, and an admirable exercise in keeping tuned to the task at hand.
There are days that I covet this type of focus, the kind that allows one to complete projects without a wandering mind. Last week, while attempting to wear three hats at work, I felt both determined focus on completing many tasks and the wandering thoughts of, “Are we done yet? What’s for lunch? I need coffee. It’s so nice out, I wish I had the day off. How many times do I need to do this? Could people just leave me alone? I need another piece of chocolate.”
Take your mind off the problems for a moment, and focus on the positive possibilities. Consider how very much you are able to do. ~Ralph Marston~
I have to admit that although the work week was stressful and hectic, by Friday I had accomplished much and felt good about leaving work at a normal time.
Caught up? No, never. That would require 10-12 hour days and staring at the computer on Saturday. There’s simply too much for one person to consistently stay on top of day after day while attempting to do the work of three. That’s why I’m going to chain my co-worker to her desk when she gets back from Florida.
She can focus on her work and I will be able to focus on mine.
Meanwhile, I suspect Gibbs will be checking out the shower stall again and placing his steely gaze on either an inanimate shadow or moving liquid. If he really wants to focus on something productive, he could try sleeping past 4 a.m. or not waking up his human before the alarm goes off.