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!

(And don’t forget to head over to the new site and change your links accordingly.)

4 Responses to “focus: week eight”

  1. I’ve had that experience, too–I’ll be thinking about something else entirely, and suddenly know what to do about a problem or situation I’ve been obsessing over. Repetitive and/or mindless work is great for bringing out those insights: needlework, gardening, grooming pets, even scrubbing a tub! I love “Sometimes the way forward is not straight”–something to remember when banging my head against the wall–turn around and look for the open window.

    • That’s how it works for me, too, Kathy. But in this case, it was work that did it! (Which usually triggers the urge to throw the computer out the window after too many hours plodding along — not some creative insight.)

      By the way, I loathe scrubbing the tub. You are welcome to come do mine anytime. 🙂

  2. oh my, this picture took my breath away. it’s beautiful. i know what you mean about solutions for problems that are far from your mind coming to you at the oddest of times. it’s great; a relief to be able to let that problem go from the subconscious.

    • The funny thing, Alisha, is I didn’t even realize it was still hanging around. I’d sort of filed this problem (at least consciously) in the “not solvable any time soon” drawer of the brain. 😉

      So glad you liked the photo! I was amazed something so simple could turn out so nicely. (There’s probably a life lesson in there for me, too.)

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