A Matter of Focus

A lotus flower at the KCC Farmers’ Market

Good Day, God!

Wow! Lotus flowers are right up there with water lilies for luminescent beauty. Thank You for glorious flowers and for eyes to see. After listening this morning to Jeffrey M. Schwartz’s book, The Mind and the Brain, I appreciate our eyes even more. He was describing the layering of neurons that go into creating the retina. I couldn’t begin to repeat all the steps — it was more than enough to hear them listed.

We are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made! Thank You!

Of course, I do realize that we humans only see a small percentage of the electromagnetic spectrum. And, some small, ungrateful part of me is wistfully wishing I could see even more colors.

More . . . the yearning for MORE does get us in trouble, doesn’t it, God. I have no trouble believing that the story of Eve in the Garden of Eden is fundamentally accurate. ALL OF THIS you may have to eat. Just don’t eat of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Sigh. What would my attention be fixated on? The ONE thing I couldn’t have.

One might think, God, that knowing that about myself would enable me to could change my focus? Hmm, sometimes I can change my focus — gather up my thoughts and direct them toward something positive. But, that takes energy. Actually, it takes that hardest of all things to do — Taking Care of Myself.

Like most of us I am inclined to confuse “taking care” of myself with “indulging” myself. Alas, what I need is less indulgence and more “taking myself in hand,” kindly but firmly.

So off I went after dinner tonight for a jog around the block. A bit over 8 tenths of a mile — enough to make me sweat.  Sigh. Please, God I need Your Help!

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