Tuesday, December 4, 2012

[Listen] staying in the moment

Staying in the moment is something I think most people struggle with, and I am no exception. I sometimes wish I had been born in a different era - one that allowed more reflection and fewer distractions. Technology can be so invasive (I guess we make it so), and the fast pace of life around me forces me to constantly be looking forward instead of looking at the present. (That and the fact that people are just always asking - "what's next?").

 For me, staying in the moment this year has been leaving my camera in its bag; not seeing all of my experiences through the lens of a camera, but just enjoying the view from here. It's amazing the perspective you get when the pressure is off to capture the moment in photo. Sometimes, things are best left to memory. This doesn't make for good blogging, Christmas cards, or photo books. But it has made an impact on how I experience life, travel, and special occasions. And I hope it will make an impact on how I write - describing my experiences with words instead of visuals.

I'm also trying to stay in the moment at work. It's been a restless few months and really hard for me to focus on tasks at hand. I've been a day dreamer (and, to be honest, lazy), but not being in my ideal career is not an excuse to become apathetic. I've also discovered (over and over again) that multi-tasking makes for frustration and feeling (being!) unaccomplished. I'm not the only one who thinks so. So a goal for 2013 is to stay in the moment at work. (here's some advice I'm hoping to implement)

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