What will you focus on?
I just watched a woman cross two lanes of busy traffic, holding her hand out to stop or slow the cars as she hurried to catch the bus.
The cars let her through, the bus waited, she caught the bus.
It was pretty audacious, but also admirable.
The person I was with couldn’t see it in that light. He was annoyed at her on behalf of the drivers and insisted she was wrong to do it because it was against the law and dangerous too.
She went too far!
I’m not saying she was right or wrong, that’s not the point. The point is that I’m my reality she would have missed the bus.
I would never have been so audacious as to cross through traffic like she did. But at least I can respect and admire her own focus and determination to catch that bus!
What impressed me further is the difference in our perspectives. The person I was with felt bad watching her because he could only see the unwanted aspects of the situation.
I felt surprise, admiration, and excitement at seeing someone so focused on their goal that they transformed obstacles into stepping-stones.
After all, I’ve seen busses drive off as people hurry to catch them. They won’t necessarily wait.
But watching this woman so audaciously cross the road, I feel the driver must have waited for her out of sheer admiration for her effort!
These principles apply to everything.
I’ve had an upset stomach these past couple of days, but it wasn’t until this morning as I drove my son to school that I found a better way to focus.
My stomach feels unwell…but my head feels really clear! I can only focus on one part of my body at a time. Which part will o focus on? Clarity or discomfort?
Remember that whatever we focus on will be magnified and strengthened.
Choosing to notice how clear-headed I feel, I appreciate the clarity and feel good about it. My clarity grows and expands. And as I appreciate it, anything contrary to it is just tuned out.