So here we find ourselves at the start of another week. Can you believe we’re already almost half way through the month of March? If the days are going to fly by us at such a rapid rate, I hope you’re all having fun at the same time …
On the weekend I struggled to find much focus on any one thing. Instead I flitted from one thing, to another, and another, and then back again … you get the idea. In any case, nothing was very efficiently achieved. I was like a butterfly, without all the elegance and grace, and minus the opportunity to linger over and enjoy a garden of beautiful flowers beneath my feet.
Instead of attending to each task in turn, my mind kept running off on different tangents. I wasn’t able to resist browsing through online stores, opening new search windows, editing photos, looking at twitter, sorting my google reader … and so on. It took me a while to realise that what I needed to do was just step away from the computer and find my focus somewhere else.
And so I turned to the original source of all household comfort, the kitchen. Aside from the joy to be found in baking a delicious sweet treat, there is something reassuring about following the steps of a recipe to achieve a defined outcome. It’s as if the structure and discipline of a recipe centres the mind to just focus on the task at hand … if not, your dough may be overworked, your caramel may burn, or your soufflé may not rise.
In making something by hand (whatever that may be), I believe the mind is able to relax into the comfort of knowing that we are working towards a clear goal. All we have to do is follow each instruction in turn. We are required to pay attention to what we are doing in the here and now if we want to achieve the intended result. In doing so we allow all the other potentials of what we could or should be doing to just fall away, and instead work towards the creation of that one thing … Even if the recipe or the instructions fail us, we can safely assume our efforts will still create something … and something is always better than nothing.
So the next time I find myself floating between tasks, instead of losing time achieving nothing, I shall head to the kitchen and find my focus within the pages of a favourite recipe book. What better antidote could there be for a busy and easily distracted mind? … How do you find focus when you’re having a day in which your heart and mind seem to be working towards opposing goals?