“Attention is like energy in that without it no work can be done, and in doing work it is dissipated. We create ourselves by how we invest this energy. Memories, thought, and feeling are all shaped by how we use it. And it is an energy under our control, to do with as we please; hence, attention is our most important tool in the task of improving the quality of experience.”
From Flow: THe Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“Keep your eye on the prize.”
I think of that line from the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory every time I realize that I have wandered away from my writing path. I usually get a feeling of uneasiness that something is just not right. It happens when I think I need to commit to projects that do not serve me any longer or when I think I should do something that does not fill me with joy. Goals that were once important to me but not anymore. That is when I need to keep my eye on what is important for me at this moment in my life.
Time is limited. The days, weeks, months and years fly by. I need to always be conscious of living my most creative life as I define it, not by what others tell me I should be doing.
When I focus my energy on what I want to be and where I want to be, I know I am on my true path because it fills me with joy.
But how easy it is to chase that squirrel around and around in the backyard. I know, I’ve watched my dog.
Energy flows where attention goes.