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Do You Have Those Days Where You Lose Your Focus?


Sometimes you just have to laugh!

How do you stay focused? The reason I ask is because I think after this morning I may need a few pointers.

I got up as usual and did my morning routine. So far so good. As I was beginning to prep my food for the day, I glanced over to see that both the garbage can and recycle bin needed to be emptied. I thought “no problem” and quickly had them taken care of. Now usually Jeff will take the trash out but I thought that I would do it this time so he wouldn’t have to worry about it when he got home. There were three bags, which meant two trips outside. As I walked onto the porch I saw a box that needed to go to the trash also. So with my first trip I took the box too. Then back inside to get the other two bags and I would be done. But as I walked out of the door, I saw two little containers that needed to be taken to the garage. So I grabbed them and my keys to unlock the garage door and headed back outside.

I got to the garage, set the containers down then put the garbage bags away. Done! Yeah! But then I got back to the garage. As I went to unlock the door to put the containers away, I saw my bucket of shells that were sitting in cleaning solution and needed to be rinsed. So I put the containers away but then remembered that somewhere in the garage was a cleaning solution that I needed to remove mildew off the canvas of my hammock. I looked for it but couldn’t find it. Then I turned, looked and suddenly I remembered the shells. So I sat everything down to go rinse them.

As I turned the bucket over to empty it, soapy water, dirt and sand flew back onto me, covering my clothes. No big deal – just change later. So I went to turn on the water hose but a spider – a big one at that – had decided to block my way. I returned to the garage to get a stick or something to remove the offending spider but decided to look one more time to find that mildew solution. And success! I found it right by the door. I grabbed the solution, locked the door and started to head to the house. Then I saw the shells. Then I remembered that I was going for a stick to remove the spider. So I found a stick, got rid of the spider, turned on the water. Finally got the shells rinsed and ready to dry.

Finally, I gathered the shells, took them to the porch and laid them out in the sun. Then I turned to see that I needed to clean up some trash beside my little porch garden. I went inside the house, grabbed a garbage bag and came back out to clean up. Once it was filled, off to the trash can I went AGAIN. Once I was back on the porch I remembered that the tallest plant needed some pruning. Into the house I went – again – to get scissors to trim the plant. But as I pruned the plant I realize they needed water! Thank goodness there was already some water on the porch.

Things didn’t stop here though. After watering the plants I remembered that I needed to nail down the porch rug under the plants. I had already tripped on it numerous times and kept forgetting. Back into the house where I grabbed my hammer and nails, came back out and fixed the rug.

Now it was about this time that I stand up and realized what had just happened. My original intention was just to empty the garbage then come back inside to work on a very important project. But no! It seemed that everywhere I went I would remember something that I needed or wanted to do.

Beach, Sand, Starfish, Smile, Smiley Face, Sun, Happy, Three good things came out of this scenario. First, when I realized what I had done, I couldn’t help but laugh at myself. Second, I got a lot of little things done in about a thirty-minute time span. And third, I definitely got some exercise going back and forth from the house to the garage to the trash cans to the porch.

As I sat eating breakfast, thinking about what I did, I wondered how I let myself get so unfocused? I was only supposed to do one thing and I ended up doing SEVEN! I mean they were things that needed to be done but not today. With a smile on my face I thought that I really needed to learn more about staying focused. But then I realized that this is part of my personality.

There are plenty of times when I stay focused on the task at hand (like writing my books). Today just happened to be one of those days that I was just a little all over the place and that’s okay. Instead of being hard on myself, I decided to be kind and loving. I think you accomplish a lot more when you give yourself a break.

So give yourself a little TLC today and if you do something funny, don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself!


Miki Bennett

Inspired by a passion for wholesome adventure, Miki Bennett is the author of two contemporary women’s fiction series: The Florida Keys Novels and Camping in High Heels. A love affair with the beach and lifelong experiences with camping led her to write romance novels that bring humor and paradise to readers’ fingertips. Her stories touch the hearts of all who read them.

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