Let’s get focused

When you have so many things going on in one day, how do you stay focused? And by focus, I mean how do you keep from losing control of everything, when you’re so busy? And how do you make sure you don’t lose yourself in the whole process? It’s so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind that is daily life that you forget to actually live and enjoy it.

What about being mentally focused? This is definitely something I struggle with. I lead such a busy life (as most people I know do…) that I find it difficult to stay on track. I’m constantly thinking about everything I need to get done at work, everything I need to do with and for Eva, all the things I want to do for myself, and worrying about money and time constraints. The list really could go on and on, but I won’t bore you with the nitty gritty.

When I lay down at night, my brain seems to kick into overdrive. I start thinking about how I need to find a better brand of diapers, because the ones we use now leak. I remember that I need to take my leased car to the dealership for a tune up. I realize that I forgot to call my grandmother back. I remember the fact that I have to give a presentation tomorrow and I haven’t prepared for it at all because I’ve been “focused” on other things. Then there’s the biggest question of all… If I myself can’t stay focused and keep my mind clear, how do I show/teach Eva?

Clear mind is like the full moon in the sky. Sometimes clouds come and cover it, but the moon is always behind them. Clouds go away, then the moon shines brightly. So don’t worry about clear mind: it is always there. When thinking comes, behind it is clear mind. When thinking goes, there is only clear mind. Thinking comes and goes, comes and goes, You must not be attached to the coming or the going.
—Zen Master Seung Sahn

So what’s my plan? Well I’m working on it. I know that I need to let go of the things I can’t change, and focus on the things that matter. I added the quote above because I really think that Zen Buddhism makes a lot of sense. Although I may never find Enlightenment, I would sure be happy to quiet my brain down a bit and get rid of some of the clutter. I’m reading a few books that are helping me (or should I say that I am using to help myself) to let go of the past, and not fret about the future. The moment is now. I might as well live it to the fullest.

This is really the only way that I can see myself being a good mom. If I myself can learn to live in the moment and be happy with life NOW as opposed to the way it was, or the way it could be… then I’m setting my daughter up to be one stable, happy woman.

How do you keep focused?

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6 Responses to “Let’s get focused”

  1. Moyamuhle says:

    Fantastic blog. You’ve said what so many of us mom’s are thinking! Would love to know the titles of those books you mention (not that us moms have time to read, mind you! HA) but please, “enlighten” us! I just don’t know how you working moms do it. I have the highest respect for you. YOU GO GIRL!

  2. MotherT says:

    Speaking of being focused…You never answered my email! :) haha

    I would say to most moms to live in the moment and stop worrying about the small things like my house is dirty or the toys aren’t picked up. Staying focused is a hard thing to do. As I’m typing this I remember that I need to return 2 phone calls. I think we all struggle with this!

  3. Pollymom says:

    Oh boy do I remember THOSE days!

    The very best thing you can do is love yourself, trust the Universe to give you the strength and wisdom to prioritize your life correctly, and love Eva above all.

    I have faith in you!
    xoxo
    Pollymom

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