- On April 14, 2015
What happens when you lose focus? This time it was only a skinned knee.
I went out for a bike ride yesterday afternoon; wanted to enjoy the peak of the cherry blossom season before today’s rain drives the blossoms to the ground. First time I’ve been out on my bike this season. Trying out new shoes and new seat—and negotiating new bumps and divots along the trail.
I was feeling ‘in touch’ the first 6 miles. I was aware of the tilt of my new seat. Of the different muscles engaging from the foot positioning of my new shoes. Aware of the trail, the gentle green of the budding trees along the way, of the other people on it. Feeling connected with using my own power to push harder and move faster.
Then I forgot to focus. I was distracted by the whitecaps on the river besides me. I was mulling over the work I had to do when I got back. I got mentally lazy and went into auto-pilot.
I hit an uphill hard in the wrong gear. Metallic screeching as the gears angrily shift down under strain.
I shifted my focus away from where I was going and hit one of those new bumps just slightly off center.
Off balance I went. I wasn’t in the ready position to respond and couldn’t move my shoe off the pedal fast enough and down I went.
Luckily a soft landing and no damage except a skinned knee and bruised ego. Of course this happened right in front of an elderly Korean couple out for a stroll.
When you do something you haven’t done in a long time, people say “It’s like riding a bike.” Something you never forget.
So my brain was finding that pattern and after a few miles I fell in the groove and I let it wander instead of choosing to be mindfully aware.
How often does that happen in your relationships at work and at home?
We fall into a pattern and let our mind wander. Unaware of the bump in the road ahead.
And then we tumble… and wonder what happened?
Keeping focus on the present helps you avoid skinned knees (actual or metaphorical).
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