I have this problem of looking down when I walk. Sometimes that's a good thing. It has saved me from tripping over uneven sidewalks, stubbing my toe, and stepping on gum. It does have it's disadvantages. I miss a lot of what's above me, but staying on my feet at my age does seem to be important! Anyway, as I walked around a historic neighborhood, where the sidewalks were cracked and very uneven, I was doing my usual looking down trying to keep myself upright when I spotted this shadow of a tree. I was drawn to the jumbled mess of branches going every which way. I stopped, took a picture and moved on. When I was looking for a photo that connected with me for this month's Photo-Heart Connection with Kat Eye Studio, I kept coming back to this one.
When I look at the shadow I see chaos. The lines all start from one place, but then branch out in a helter-skelter pattern; no rhythm or rhyme. This reminds me of how I feel.
Out of rhythm
Out of order
Out of control
Each morning I begin the day thinking of what I'll get accomplished in the coming hours. Each night I lie down and look back over the day and realize I've accomplished very little. I start out the day with a plan, then I branch out in another direction to do "this." Before I finish "this" I've darted over to do "that." With "this" and "that" not finished, I find myself going in still another direction. My mind is scattered and chaotic which has led to feelings of being totally overwhelmed. My One Little Word this year is "focus." Totally unfocused is more like how I feel. I don't like chaos, I need productive days.
How do I get refocused and begin to finish things? I'm not sure. Maybe I'll make a short list with things I know I can finish tomorrow. Better yet, maybe I'll just go on a photo walk, find a pretty place, capture a little beauty, and relax. I can always work on bringing order to my chaos another day. Right?
“The shorter way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time.”