Motion Creates Emotion
I have a story to tell you,
Focusing is an off and on thing for me. There are some times where I can just sit down and work for hours. Other times I have a really hard time getting started and staying focused. I have found that focus comes easier after I exercise.
When I was a kid I loved to play any sport. I was never great at any of them, but I loved to play them in the back yard. My favorite? Throwing football. For as long as I can remember my Dad would oblige my need for constant activity and throw ball with me for hours. If it wasn’t too cold, we would throw ball and frisbee for an hour then we would “run routes.” It was just like Broncos training camp, but more intense. I was mesmerized by how far my dad could throw the football. I was also mesmerized that I was ALWAYS able to dodge the defenders and score a touchdown. If it was too cold, we would throw ball in the house. We would sit or stand across from each other in the living room and throw until our shoulders hurt and we would warm up (we didn’t have heat in our home).
There is no doubt in my mind that would help me focus on the homework I had or some issue I was working through. We didn’t talk about life over fishing poles, or beers, or cigars. We talked about the world over throwing football. My dad would always say, “the world looks different when you are starving for Oxygen.”
Guess what I did this morning as I sat down and struggled to find the motivation to create? I started to throw football with my 2 and 4 year old boys and my wife. This time, the football I use is signed by the Whitehead Family and only adds to the importance of value of football in my life.
Do you have issues with focusing? What do you use to help you engage all the gears? How has that changed through the years?
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