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.


Mel said...

Wherever you start, there is the beginning.....Start.

This is what wisepersoninmylife tells me. So far, it's worked for me.

Bit by bit at a time, eh?


ashley said...

I understand the feeling of being more in control and better able to focus on the important things when facing a crisis. It's why some people say that they work better under presure. However, crisis mode usually cannot be sustained long-term as it's just not healthy.
Best wishes as you try to hone in on the things that need to be done this week and God bless.

Lamont said...

Yes you are right - even with all the focus, crisis mode is not the place to live.

Still working on the focus thing though.