Monday, June 01, 2009
SWB: Bits and pieces
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Bits and pieces
Isn't is funny how sometimes in a time of crisis or action it can seem that we feel more whole? I think perhaps what happens is that in the midst of concern for someone else, people shift gears into "taking care of business" mode. There is a sense of focus in those times; taking someone to the ER, helping a friend get to a doctors appointment, kissing bo-bo's of a child and so on; that this focus takes over.
This seems to be very true for me. All the distractions that normally float in my mind are swept clean and I intellectually know what to do next. Right now I wish I could transfer some of the crisis focus into my daily un-crisis life. Everywhere I look, I see something that needs to be attended to - on the inside and out.
I need to see one thing at a time and take a steps towards calm focus on a daily level. I remember asking an old friend one time where I should start in a certain situation. She replied, "The beginning..or decide which part you think is the beginning and go from there."
Choosing a point of beginning and take it one minute at a time from there. Ok. The beginning is my bread in a place of lots of bits and pieces that need attending to. One bit at a time.
Sleeping with bread is a Monday meme and examen that I participate in with a group of bloggers. This meme is more than a list of facts, it is an opportunity to look at the week before and ask yourself some questions:
For what am I most grateful? Least grateful?
When did I give and receive the most love? The least love?
When did I feel most alive? Most drained of life?
When did I have the greatest sense of belonging? Least sense of belonging?
When was I most free? Least free?
When was I most creative? Least creative?
When did I feel most connected? Least connected?
When did I feel most fully myself? Least myself?
When did I feel most whole? Most fragmented?
This examen originated as a Christian practice, but all are welcome to join in this act of reflection and thanks.