Focused Thought

On the need to avoid distractions in order to be your best self

Focused ThoughtOne thing I find myself constantly fighting is distraction.  Lest the reader think I mean the normal distractions of daily life as a spouse and parent, let me explain.  When I say distraction, I mean the interior variety.  What I really need is focused thought.  I imagine you can relate in one way or another.

In order to be healthy, we need to take care of the spiritual, physical, mental, vocational, and recreational aspects of who we are.  In my case, this summer of dreams is about revitalizing all of them.  To that end, this summer has been incredibly productive and edifying.  It comes with an unexpected cost, however.  A renewed commitment to prayer, exercise, learning, producing content and building a platform, and balancing it all with appropriate rest and relaxation leaves me constantly… invigorated.  Invigorated?  Doesn’t sound like a problem, right?  It’s a good problem to have, for sure, but it is a challenge!  You see, I feel so good that my level of creativity is at an all-time high… and I don’t have time to accomplish everything that comes to mind.  More than ever, I need focused thought, or nothing at all gets done.  That part should sound familiar to just about everyone.

Focused thought is possible even amidst distraction of the interior kind.  I offer the following suggestions…

Luminous Mysteries

How the Rosary Illuminates the Summer of Dreams

Luminous MysteriesThis morning I was in the perpetual adoration chapel at my parish and praying the Rosary.  Since it’s Thursday, I prayed the Luminous Mysteries.  As I prayed, I realized how much these particular mysteries shed light on what this summer is about for me, and more importantly, what that means for others.

What are the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary?

The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary come from Scripture and they focus on significant events in Jesus’ ministry.  They aren’t representative of all the important events of His ministry, but they illuminate in ways that others may not.

The 1st Luminous Mystery – Jesus’ Baptism in the Jordan River (Mt 3:1-17)

Reflecting on John the Baptist, I imagine it must have been quite a thing to finally see Jesus coming his way.  He prepared for that day by training himself in asceticism and preparing the way for the Lord by preaching repentance to crowds of people.  His life was a mission.  He had no illusions about his purpose.  John took his role seriously.  He embraced it and got to work.  We remember him for it.

4 Sources For Making A Change in Your Life

And It Ultimately Comes Down To You

Time For ChangeAs creatures in time, change is no stranger to us.  Time, after all, is a measurement of change.  Yet for all that, change can be one of the most railed against and dreaded things in our lives.  The reasons are complex, but one of them is surely because some changes are huge… life-altering even.  In this post, a result of my own prayers and introspection today, I offer four sources that seem, to me anyway, necessary for making lasting change in one’s life.

God

This one seems obvious, but many overlook God today.  God is the One Who constantly holds existence in the proverbial palm of His hand.  He sustains creation from moment to moment and providentially provides for all our needs.  He is the primary source and inspiration for any changes we could ever hope to make.

In order to make a change that lasts, we must begin with gratitude.  Gratitude, in turn, leads to a desire to please God with a sacrificial offering of one’s life.  We can even get specific here, and offer a particular aspect of life that needs change.  God will see our changes through to the end, provided we turn to Him regularly in prayer.  Finally, we come to Him full circle with grateful hearts for the change He works in us.

The Summer of Dreams

It felt like it would never arrive.

I’d been counting down the days for school to come to an end and finally allow me the time to chase my dream.  Now, school’s out and today is officially the kickoff to the Summer of Dreams!  What is the Summer of Dreams?  Read on…

In this post, I am inviting you to come along for a journey.  The beauty of it is that it’s not just my journey, but yours too.  We might not share the details, but substitute my dreams and goals for your own and see if my journey encourages you to adapt it for yourself.  I want to briefly share:

  • Where I’ve been
  • Where I’m at now
  • Where I’m headed

Where I’ve Been

Step 1

In the last 6 weeks or so, I accomplished a lot.

First, I did a serious self-assessment.  What are my gifts?  What do I enjoy doing?  Why am I here?  I know… that one’s pretty deep, but important!  What did I learn?  I communicate well.  Whether it be teaching or writing, I have a way of getting a message across in an interesting and understandable way.  More than that, it’s also what I enjoy doing.  Nothing makes me feel so alive as when I’m able to stir people’s hearts.  Realizing my gifts and what I enjoy doing led quite naturally to understanding my purpose.  I’m a messenger.