Can you sharpen your focus?
May 6, 2017

In my ongoing quest to get rid of physical clutter I’ve noticed some mental clutter clamoring to be set free, too. It’s that low-grade, constant chatter running in the background -- which is rarely upbeat and encouraging.

What is that, by the way? It seems like everyone I’ve ever talked with on the show, for example, shares it. We beat ourselves up, all day every day, and then wonder why we don’t have more to show for ourselves.

The other day it hit me. No matter what I’m doing, a little voice inside tells me I should be doing something else. Even if I’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. So you know what I did this time? I told that voice to shut up!

The voice was reciting a list of people I hadn’t volunteered to help. The people who run the food pantry, the homeless, the staff at the suicide prevention center. “You no longer have the excuse of being a full-time mom,” the voice offered. “Yeah?” I countered. “Well, if I follow through on some projects I have the potential to help many more people than by putting in even several hours a week on those other, admittedly worthy, pursuits.”

Then I got back to work.

We all know people for whom our best will never be good enough. Sometimes, in the interest of not making a scene, you smile at their latest admonition and get the heck out of there. But if that person is you? Stop it. Just stop it!