My Focus: slow and steady.

Recently watched Cars and Cars 2. Now every time my son goes into the living room he points at the television and says “cars.” He already had a love for cars and now he loves the Cars movies as well. When I saw today’s Tuesday at 10 word Focus, I thought. “Speed, I am speed.” You know the catchy little saying Lighting McQueen says before each race as he closes his eyes and lets the outside world disappear so he can focus on winning his next race.

“Speed, I am speed” – Lighting McQueen

I love how Lighting McQueen focuses in for every race. He has a routine that he follows to help him prepare so he can be the best he can be each time he races. Near the end of the first movie while he goes through this tactic, his mind wanders back to the town of Radiator Springs and all his friends. He is unable to find his focus. He has a plan. He goes through the motions, but he cannot focus. He is distracted by the friends he left behind. The things he never got to say. His focus is no longer winning and racing. He found something, something better.

How often do we go through life living our daily routines? Rushing through life and missing out on the things that are most important to us. One thing I have noticed about Los Angeles compared to Ohio is that life here is so much busier. I do not even have a lot of friends yet, but I have something going on every day this week. In Ohio, I would sit at home waiting for each event to come and then the weather would cancel what was planned and the waiting would continue. Even when the weather was nice there was so much less going on. Here in LA it is easy to get lost in the motions because everyday (almost everyday) is sunny and in the 70s. Funny enough, today it is cloudy and probably in the 60s, but no matter what the weather is there really isn’t any reason you can’t do what you have planned. So we keep on rushing.

Then bam, life is interrupted. A hurt back, a sick child, a sick parent, another sick parent and just like that rushing from day to day is put on hold. The problems and loneliness that have been put at bay are shoved right into the limelight. Last week was a hard week for me. Everything slowed down and I felt so alone. Luckily, through the grasps of technology I was able to connect with friends across the country to help give me gentle encouragement. It so nice to know you are not alone.

My m[tweetthis]My mantra went from speeding up to slowing down! Slow down and enjoy life. #tuesdayatten @Airman2Mom[/tweetthis]

So my new mantra is “Slow down, you’ve got time.”

No more rushing for me. I might still have a busy schedule, but I’m not going to rush and when there is a day where I can sit at home and relax I’m going to take advantage of it. I pretty sureย I don’t have it figured out yet, but I will do my best. And when life gets crazy and I’m feeling all alone. I will remember the friends and conversation who helped me when I was feeling down. I know there are those around me I can count on, near or far.

I linked up with Finding the Grace within.

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16 comments on “Focus

  1. Oh yes! My boys LOVE the Cars movies too (and funny…we watched both…again…last week too!). Great parallel here my friend! Florida works much like L.A. I think!

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and thanks for Tweeting! Loved the shout out. I’m betting LA is similar to Florida.

  2. My son loves the Cars movies! I need to watch what I focus on. I love the reminder to slow down. It reminds me of the Ann Voskamp quote “Life is not an emergency.” I hope you have a wonderful week. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I SO get this. I’m letting go of my work-from-home job (as much as I love it and love the paycheck!) so I can really savor the days with my kiddos instead of rushing around. Although that means more time to face the reality of a duty station that still doesn’t feel like home two years later. More time to focus on nurturing those friendships. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Praying that you find deep friendships. My friend once told me that sometimes you don’t find that one good friend until there is only a year to go. Keep hanging in there. I have met a lot of people in LA, but have yet to make that deep connection with anyone new. Luckily one of my friends was already living here and that made the transition to LA a lot easier. So sad she is moving this summer.

  4. My theory on California is that when it’s sunny, people feel they have to get things done. When it’s sunny every. single. day. they get frenetic about getting things done (I lived there, I know what you’re talking about ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) every single day. Good for you for hopping off the crazy wagon and making commitment to taking time to do things and enjoy them!

    • Now that I have lived outside of California is so easy to see. I used to think people in California took the weather for granted, but now I see they do in a way, but also they keep moving and moving. Life gets crazy fast.

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