Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and the future.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and the future.

Not as in sci-fi future but as in looking ahead at what I need to do or what I have planned in the future. I have this habit of taking up my current time by filling up time on my calendar for the months ahead. I’m so busy planning and plotting for tasks, things, and events in the future that I’m missing out on right here, right now.

Sure, part of that is advance planning, which is something I am trying to do more of. (Seriously, I can’t believe how quickly trips and events book up—even a year out.) But a big part of it is distracting myself from the present moment.

In fact, the other morning as I did my usual 10-minutes of stretching, I kept having to start over because my mind was focused on to-dos for sometime later in the future (not even that day). I lost count and twice I even forgot the stretch I had just done so I didn’t even know if I did my usual stretches. I’m sure I missed some or did the same ones twice. Not bad things but it made me realize how much I was out of the moment.

It’s tough sometimes to turn my monkey mind off and focus on the here and now. So this weekend instead of planning my days for 2019, I think I will focus on the weekend in front of me and enjoy it.

Have a wonderful weekend—enjoy every moment of it!

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson and Into the Beautiful North by Luís Alberto Urrea.

Both of these books are tough to read in that the topic is upsetting to me. The Warmth of Other Suns is narrative nonfiction about the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the North. It hurts my heart to read about how African Americans have been treated.

Into the Beautiful North is a fictional novel about a group of young girls crossing the border from Mexico to the United States in order to bring a group of Mexican men back to their hometown. The state of Mexico and the border towns is appalling, and it’s upsetting to read about what happens to people when they try to cross the border.

After these two books, I really need some “uplit” books to read.

I’ve been listening to . . . Karla Bonoff. As a birthday gift, my brother took me to see her in concert this past week, which is only fitting since he’s the one that first introduced me to her music—as well as many other artists I love. 

Karla Bonoff is a singer-songwriter who has written hits for other singers, such “All My Life,” which was done as a hit duet with Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville and won a grammy (I prefer Karla Bonoff’s version), and “Someone to Lay Down Beside Me,” another hit for Linda Ronstadt. She also wrote the hit song “Tell Me Why,” which was recorded by Wynonna Judd.

She recorded her own songs and released several albums. It was her music I grew up on in the late 70s. Her only song to hit the charts was “Personally,” but she had so many other great songs. I have too many favorites to list them all but one is “I Can’t Hold On.” Probably her most popular songs with fans are “Falling Star” and “Home.”  If you like acoustic rock/folk rock, check her out. She’s a wonderful singer-songwriter who has quietly influenced so many popular artists.

 

 

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