Having options is great! Having choices is great! Having the freedom to choose is great!
However, having too many options, choices, and freedom may not be all that great. When I have all the freedom to choose anything & everything, the way I operate is that I have to really take my time, research, and look at all the reasons to choose a particular option. Why? Because I want to pick the right option and don’t want to make a mistake. When I work in this manner, it does serve me well in several areas of my life. However, it has come to a point that this method of operation doesn’t work all that well because I get tired, overwhelm, and stuck. I worry that I may make a mistake. I have too many interests, too many choices, and too many reasons to consider. All the choices & options are good and bad. How do I go about dealing with this issue? As a result, I make no decision and no action. This is me living as an onion plant.
Upon, looking back on my life, I can recall the TV
When I was growing up, my parent’s home had an analog TV antenna where a person have to get off the couch, walk up to the TV, and turn the TV dial. This TV channel dial is limited to only the 12 TV stations that were picked by the TV antenna. Furthermore, I wasn’t able to watch all the 12 TV stations because several of them had a terrible fuzzy weird color reception. ( BTW, if I tried to watch the fuzzy shows, I usually don’t understand what happened because the channel was going in & out. )
Years later, my parent upgraded our TV system. We are no longer limited to having 12 channels with fuzzy reception pictures. Now, we have switched over to cable TV, a TV converter, and a remote. YEAH! Now, I don’t have to get off the couch to turn the dial and I can choose any 100 different channels. I have choices & options. I was like a kid that is standing in front of a candy store.
With this recollection, I see I have trained myself to have a scattered conscience. This would kind of explain why I had a tough time in school & life.
I want to watch all the shows that were available. I would study the weekly TV guide like a bible and schedule my life around Super Friends, Captain Marvel, Rocket Robinhood, Hercules, Batman, Gilligan’s Island Island, I Dream of Gennie, Bewitched, A-Time, Knight Rider, Magnum, P.I., Duke of Hazzard, Cheers, Entertainment News Tonight, and etc. and etc. When there were multiple shows that run at the same time, I would constantly switch back & from show to show to show, especially when there was a commercial break. Lots of times, I would not be able to watch the entire complete show. Hence, I would look for when it replays again to watch it.
This week, Hannel talks about the POWER OF ATTENTION.
6 – 20 The power of attention can be more readily understood by comparing it with a magnifying glass in which the rays of sunlight are focused; they possess no particular strength as long as the glass is moved about and the rays directed from one place to another; but let the glass be held perfectly still and let the rays be focused on one spot for any length of time, the effect will become immediately apparent.
6 – 21 So with the power of thought; let power be dissipated by scattering the thought from one object to another, and no result is apparent; but focus this power through attention or concentration on any single purpose for any length of time and nothing becomes impossible.
My attention gives life to my intention.
What I pay attention, it manifests my intention (ie. wishes, goals, and dreams). This is TOTALLY HUGE!
When I put attention to the areas which are important it is like I am focusing with a magnifying glass or be becoming like a laser beam. All I have to do is just watch, observe notice, see it, paint the picture, color the picture, design the picture, and most importantly FEEL IT & SHARE IT as it is done from all 360-degree view.
Now I understand the below quote
I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.” – Vincent Van Gogh
I here now promise to pay attention to my dreams!