Maintaning Proper Focus
As I mentioned in last Wednesday's blog post, I'm aiming to complete Jon Acuff's Finish Year challenge and to live out the One Word 365 project. And things were humming along at a nice pace for, oh, the first five days or so of this month. De-cluttering happened. Devotionals were being done. Book selections were being made, and a key idea for the novel was starting to percolate. Then distractions hit like an onslaught of, well, something. (Metaphors escape me at the moment.) I even considered not doing a proper blog post for today. After all, I had come home early Sunday night after time out with friends to work on it, only to be distracted by ultimately inconsequential stuff. The creative juices simply aren’t flowing, I tried to convince myself by way of appeasement.
But I knew that wasn’t true. I was simply putting a high priority on distractions, upon ‘squirrels’ if you will, rather than pushing past them to get going on the task at hand.
Now the temptation is to spend time in self-flagellation for my mistakes. But will that get me back on the right track? Is that the best use of what remains of today? Is that good seed to sow?
No, no, and no.
So what’s a ‘every silver lining has a cloud’ type of a gal to do?
Easy – owe up to the mistakes made. Don’t brush them under the rug, but don’t dwell on them either. Deal with them and learn from them. Correct course and then move on. After all, according to Robert Louis Stevenson, “Saints are sinners who kept on going.”
So today, I will keep on going. And I will look for more silver linings and less clouds. ;)
*Photo Credit: alwayshopeless (Flickr via Creative Commons)
**Yes, I note the irony of the user name of the person whose photo I used in today's post.