focus: week eight
It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking to it that one overcomes it; often it is by working on the one next to it. Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle.
— André Gide
This shot of the lake, a snippet of the dock, and a bit of my shadow spoke clearly to me of this week’s focus: narrow, deep, and monotonous. Also, every line in it is perceived at an angle.
As a work deadline has consumed me, I’ve had less and less time for many of the joyous little details that fill my life — and fulfill my soul. But there has been a kind of austere beauty to these regimented days nonetheless.
I certainly would not choose this pattern all the time, of course, especially since the required hours have taken a huge bite out of, well, everything else. My time for writing and contemplation seems to have evaporated overnight. (Yes, I stole a little time for reading yesterday. That evening tryst with a novel, a blanket, and a cup of hot chocolate I wrote about was illicit.)
And yet, by working on what is necessary now, I think I have seen a solution that I might otherwise have missed, even had I pondered the situation for the rest of the hours allotted to me in this life. In point of fact, the issue was far from my consciousness as I worked — which seems to be the way the universe prefers to reveal itself, a flash of brilliance glimpsed at the corner of one’s eye.
Sometimes the answer comes to you at a strange angle. Sometimes the way forward is not straight.
Namasté, y’all, and have a great beginning of a new week and a new month!
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