Once again, The Daily Post’s Daily Prompt has me stumped. I have no idea who he/she is, or how he/she comes up with the word of the day, but I’m pretty sure it involves a couple shots of tequila, a dictionary and a blindfold (sounds like a party to me).
So I’m going to cheat. It’s ok, I’ve done it before. Cheated on my diet, cheated while playing Monopoly with the girl (c’mon, if you don’t cheat, the game is ENDLESS).
Today’s F-word (as defined by Oxford Dictionaries) is focus
focused (past tense) · focused (past participle)
- (of a person or their eyes) adapt to the prevailing level of light and become able to see clearly:
“try to focus on a stationary object”
- cause (one’s eyes) to focus:
“trying to focus his bleary eyes on Corbett”
- adjust the focus of (a telescope, camera, or other instrument):
“they were focusing a telescope on a star”
- (of rays or waves) meet at a single point.
- (of a lens) make (rays or waves) meet at a single point.
- (of light, radio waves, or other energy) become concentrated into a sharp beam of light or energy.
- (of a lens) concentrate (light, radio waves, or energy) into a sharp beam.
I find the word ironic, because I can’t seem to focus lately. I could blame my new prescription. I’ve always been extremely nearsighted (can’t see to find my glasses unless I’m wearing my contacts), but now that I’m “a certain age” my vision needs an additional adjustment if I want to read a menu or the display on my cell phone.
I could also blame menopause – evidently hormones are the culprit for my adult onset of ADHD.
But I don’t feel like blaming anyone or anything today. Instead, I’m going to use this blog to talk about the importance of changing focus.
This year has been a hard one. Too much loss. Too much death, illness, sadness and hate. I found myself being dragged into the pit of despair by the black dog of depression. This morning’s prompt reminded me of the importance of focus. As Sandy Henson Corso says in her 2013 Huffingtonpost piece “Whatever you focus on, expands is such a simple, easy and truthful idea.”
I know for a fact that this is true. I know it both from personal experience, and from a Google search for “What you focus on changes your life.” I found dozens and dozens of links to articles on the internet, and everything you read on the internet is true.
So I am choosing to change my focus – to focus on the miracles and gifts that surround us – to find something to be grateful for every day. Who knows, I might even start a gratitude journal. Probably not, but I AM going to pick up a copy of Rapt, by Winifred Gallagher. I loved the excerpt I read on Utne.com this morning.
I also love this video on battling the black dog of depression: