Focus Like Nature

Be like the forces of nature:

when it blows, there is only wind

when it rains, there is only rain.

Verse #23 from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

This verse from the Tao speaks to me of focus. In our society we highly value those people who are good at multi-tasking. I admit that I do it a lot and am fairly good at it. The challenge with multi-tasking is that you are never completely focused on one thing at a time. When you are in this mode, your attention is divided among the many things you have to get done. Even as you are doing one task, your mind is already thinking and planning about the next. You may be worrying about whether you have enough time to get it all done. Maybe you are already planning what you will have to do the next day because not everything will be done today. This verse asks you to proceed in a different way.

There is amazing clarity and value to focusing on one task at a time. There is incredible energy and commitment to following through with each thing until it is complete. It clears the clutter and distraction from your mind. It puts you fully and wholly into the present moment. There is such power and energy found in the present moment. It is, after all, the only thing that we truly have. The past is gone and the future is not guaranteed. This verse asks you to not only be focused on one task at a time, it ask that you live within the power found in the present moment. It asks that you merge with the Tao by being completely and totally immersed in the Now.


In Love and Light



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