It is difficult for the human mind to commit itself to one thing, and to maintain focus upon that thing in order to see it through to completion.
This is particularly true for parents of young children, who may have only two uninterrupted hours each day (in our house, we call this “nap time”) during which it’s possible to focus upon anything other than fetching snacks, locating toys, and mediating sibling disputes.
And it’s even more particularly true during the holidays, which add another layer of complexity to our already full lives.
A partial list of things I should focus on today: packing my family for our 5-month sabbatical in California; cleaning out our current house in order to put it on the market while we’re away; choosing bathroom countertops for the new house that we’ll move into when we return; holiday baking; organizing Christmas gifts for family, friends, and teachers; watering the Christmas tree; reading my monthly book club selection; writing this column; answering that email about the Christmas pageant; being an engaged wife, mother, daughter, and friend.
What I do during nap time today: bake sugar cookies.
It occurs to me that the way I respond to my life is similar to the way in which I – and, I suspect, many of us – respond to the world at large.
A partial list of things we should focus on: Syrian refugees, climate change, human trafficking, domestic terrorism, mass shootings and gun control, the 2016 elections, buying local, ISIS, instability in the Middle East, Starbucks cups, racial inequality, the economy, police brutality.
What we do: critique Donald Trump on Facebook.