We can choose a goal of consciousness--being aware of the present rather than losing ourselves in the past, future or worse, just being asleep. This means waking up to what is going on around us and not sleeping on our feet.
How often do we really notice things around us? I always find it interesting that when I buy a new car, I suddenly notice the same brand everywhere. When my wife was pregnant, I was amazed at all the pregnant women I saw. But other times I don’t make the connection. It takes that extra, motivated awareness to recognize common occurrences around us.
After a hard day of writing, I feel the pull to plop down in front of the television set and veg out. Drugs and alcohol provide an escape for some people. But being aware and conscious of the present is the better path. Taking a walk in a park or along the beach helps me focus on the present by being conscious of my surroundings and aware of all around me.
But being immersed in problems poses a more difficult situation. Part of me wants to escape, get out of there, go take a walk again, when what is being asked of me is to be conscious and aware of the situation and deal with it.
I’ve learned over the years to hang in there to get things resolved as much as I can in my sphere of influence. I try to act on things I have control over. If I can’t impact the situation, then I need to detach from the outcome. But this isn’t easy. Mentally I know this may be the needed attitude, but still I get frustrated and want to force the results I want.