Focus: MAWMonday Motivators 10/23/2017

Focus: MAWMonday Motivators 10/23/2017

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Focus on the Miracle

I was tempted to say that I don’t know what you are going through, but I do know. You are going through what we all are going through–a daily testing of our resolve, will, and identity. A shaping of and call to account of our character and person-hood. The incessant requirement that we show up and demonstrate who we are and what we believe in. Welcome to living!

Today, as MAWMonday Motivators moves from to, I want to encourage you in your daily living. Focus less on the grind, though the grind is there and needs your action. Focus more on the miracle. This is what needs your attention. Your focus on the miracle will keep you spirits from sinking during the low points. This focus will allow you to store the encouragement from the high points. What is the miracle of living? Life itself. The low points and the high points, the setbacks and try agains, the knocked down and up taller, the incompletes and progression, the oppositions, the falls, the miracles that you must focus on. Twitter agrees with me.

1. Setback, but Again

This is not the end. This moment. This experience. This feeling. It is not the end. Whether up or down, the truth is that this will pass. The constant through the progression of time is you as witness. Challenge yourself. Push yourself. Rest and return for your opportunity to add action, passion, and wisdom to your witness. Find hope in little things like a passing smile, a personal text, or simple sunlight on your skin. Find ability and a calling in the fact that the next moment has not passed, and each new moment is a chance to build upon what you have–no matter what moment, experience, or feeling. Focus on the little reminders, the breadcrumbs that lead you to your ability and calling.

2. Knocked Down, but Taller

Saul on the Road to Damascus: An Opportunity for FocusOne of my favorite Bible stories is the story of a guy named Saul who endured a life changing event while on a business trip. His bosses sent him on a mission abroad just after he accomplished “The Stephen Project” nearer to home. On the way to his destination, he had a catastrophic accident. He was blinded and thrown from his transport. In that moment, he felt like a voice spoke to him. It changed his life forever. He even changed his name from Saul to Paul. Focus on the calling toward your unfettered self that you receive in those moments while feeling knocked down. Not the sense of the end, but the clarity of not owing anything to anyone. From there, you can build without limit.

3. Incomplete, but Progress

Your vision is not just going to fall into place all at once. Most of us must face the fact that our vision is flawed in relationship to time. You may have a vision of an achievement, a moment in time, an accomplishment of great significance. Those experiences may come. But, that is not the stuff of sustainable vision. Sustainable vision is about the daily grind. Carpe Diem expresses sustainable vision–Seize the Day! Each day offers an opportunity. But, it also provides a steady pace.

Try this exercise. Meditate on this day. Think of it is the context of this month. Expand that thought to consider this month in the context of a year. Now, consider this year. How many years can you track backward in your life? How many challenges, successes, pains, and joys have you been through in those years? Remember the months? Meditate on the days that those years represent. You have come a long way. Focus on the fact that you will go even further moment by moment, becoming hour by hour, becoming day by day.

4. Opposition, but Miracle

Opposition. Then, miracle. I have to admit that this happens so often in my life that I risk not recognizing the miraculous-ness of the experience. You may be in the same boat. You may experience the setback as more emotionally draining than the comeback. You may wallow in the self pity and the disappointment and the idiocy of the opposition. You may experience the miracle as a logical, modest change rather than an amazing, brazen difference. Focus on the miracle. Release the negative energy tied up with the opposition. Focus on replicating, nurturing, and extending the awesomeness, spectacle, and opportunity of the miracle.

5. Fall, but Focused

Back to my Saul to Paul story. I often wonder about the significance of each component: blinded, knocked down, and challenged to explain himself. I believe each is a significant lesson to you. I am especially keen on the fact that he was blinded.

Realize that Saul was so certain of the task that lay before him. He was emboldened by his bosses. He had successes at his back and seemingly the whole world ahead of him. Yet, he learned about something bigger, more real. He had to be blinded to realize that he, though sighted, had been blind. He had to be knocked down to realize that station and position was not his purpose. He received a calling that freed him from his pride, prejudices, and dependence on people.

You may find yourself in that same situation. You may sometimes question which way is up. You will be tempted to feel that your “knocked down” experience is not fair. Focus instead on what the experience frees you from and what it reveals. Focus less on the sight that you have lost and more on the vision you have been granted in its place.