It has been some time since I wrote a blog and it seems apt that I should choose this title for the one I am writing now. I apologise for the gap in communications, but at the same time, note that only 2 readers actually asked what has happened to the blogs I guess it is also indicative of our lives that we can become focused on certain things and do without those which aren’t immediately apparent.
The above is not meant as a rebuke to you as a reader of my blog but as a start to answering my question, “When is focus not focused?”
I wonder, whilst focus has its place, if its possible that we can become so focused on one thing, that we can lose touch with other elements of our lives that are also important, but have taken a back seat. Generally as a person, I am more inclined to be focused and not really known to be able to “multitask” with consistent success. Due to circumstances in my past work situations, I have needed to have my finger on a number of aspects of the work, but I guess I was never really comfortable with that.
Using my blogging as an example, when I started 11 months ago, I intended to blog at least 3 times a month and I focused on that, along with other private writing I was engaged in. I managed, without too much tension, to keep those blogs and the other writing going and enjoyed doing them.
However, with the need to work on a sustainable form of income, I began to pour my energies into a new venture. It wasn’t long before that venture became my focus and the blogs and writing, surprisingly rapidly dwindled. Or is it surprisingly? I realise each of us is different and have varying degrees of ability to juggle a number of things at the same time. My initial question was “When is focus not focused?” I offer a possibility that is from my own experience. It is not focused, when we lose focus of other things around us. One aspect could be clear, magnified and in perspective, but outside that sphere of influence, everything else can be obscure, blurred and dull. Perhaps our lives should have some focus, but not to exclude other aspects of it that need attention as well.
Could that mean the magnifying apparatus needs to be lifted away a little distance, to enable other peripheral aspects to come into view as well. I have found myself being more aware of those peripherals lately and am attempting to include more than my tendency towards “tunnel vision” has allowed before. So I do hope to include more writing and blogging again, but perhaps not to the degree when that was my focus. So I guess the 2 books I’m working on will take longer than I thought
What do you think about “focus? It’s good to be writing again.