I wrote last week about being a bit out of balance.(HERE) I was feeling assaulted by a hundred demands and couldn’t focus on any one thing long enough to be productive. I’m doing the 365 Project this year (the 411 on 365 HERE) and needed a photo for the day. With my: “Balance… I’m out of it” post fresh on my mind, I started stacking my teacups.
I don’t know why, it just seemed like it might be a pretty visual of the word…balance. As I placed the teacups one carefully on top of the other, I noticed that something shifted slightly inside of me. I focused on the cups. Their colors. Their beautiful lines. Through my camera lens I focused on the overall shape of the tiny tower of teacups. My spirit smiled. My thoughts quieted. My entire being turned and focused on this one little thing.
I only need a few minutes to focus and snap a few photos. After I was done however, the most amazing thing happened. Instead of all my faculties scattering in a hundred directions, the chaos was gone. There was almost an internal pull toward a single focus. I thought of a chore that needed attention. I did it. When I was finished with my chore, another necessity came to mind and I was able to accomplish that as well, again with a single focus. I went on like this for some time, like the “to-do” warriors in my head put down their noisy weapons and lined up silently waiting their turn.
I thought I’d try it again the next day. I let my mind wander a bit searching for a little inspiration. A bit of beauty.
I thought of these little bowls. I love them. Soft colors. Simple lines.
So I took a couple of minutes and snapped a photo of them for my 365 Project. Same result. A mind that’s quieted, primed with creativity and ready for productivity.
I think I’m a fan of this quick exercise in creative focus. So far it’s more effective in steadying my teacups than anything else I’ve found. Just thought I’d share…