I met a woman at a conference last week who told me that I was compelling and had an “aura” about me. “But you need to focus,” she qualified. A series of wildly diverse thoughts swirled through my awareness. She was right, of course, and I was stunned that she was able to make so acute an observation within moments of meeting me. I considered that she may have read my mind.⠀
Then I fretted, streamline what? Focus in which regard? I do feel overwhelmed, like my attention is constantly pulled in too many directions. But what to eliminate? How to simplify? There are so many competing forces for our time: family, friends, learning, reading, exercise, art, music, nature, volunteering...what could be cut out?⠀
Isabella was right, though. In order to be truly “good” at anything, you must devote yourself to it. At some point, there needs to be a decision: what is worth the time you spend on it? What are you willing to sacrifice in mediocrity, to pursue in greatness? What do you truly value? What is just a strain on your energy?⠀
I don’t have the answers yet, but this is my meditation for the time being. How do I become my best self? Where do I focus?