Focus On What You Do Want, Not On What You Don’t


It’s barely past 20:00 and I’m ready for bed. In fact I am kicked back on the bed for our little visit tonight. Come to think of it, I think I’m usually right here when we visit. I’ve had a long weekend and I’m determined to make this a good and productive week so I’ll start off by being good and rested when I wake tomorrow. I’ll also drink a lot of– uh oh, hang on.

Okay, water bottle filled and bedside.

Not that I sit around thinking about drinking anymore but here’s a little tip for those of you who might be giving the sobriety thing a whirl and haven’t yet strung together a bunch of days without it. When I was newly sober and found myself craving a drink, sometimes I was just thirsty. Pounding some water is a great idea. Also, if you drank as much as I did, your pancreas is used to pumping out the insulin to combat all that sugar– in addition to the water, a little piece of candy can help level things out for you. You’re welcome.

I’m grateful for last night’s blog and for having the opportunity to reorient myself toward my True North. Remembering exactly what it is that I do want in life instead of what I don’t is a good idea and it’s been a long time since I even looked at my goals list. That stops tomorrow morning when I get up as I am going back to reading the goals each morning. I also have a new tool to help me in the area of actually getting to the action items toward the manifestation of each goal; it’s called a time sheet. I printing out a grid from a resource I found on line that basically has each day broken up into fifteen-minute time slots. If you want me to tell you where to find it, just message me on Facebook or email me at I can also send you an electronic copy if you’re too lazy to go get it yourself. No judgments. Since I’ve been implementing the Pomodoro technique (or at least the 25 minute work, 5 minute rest part of it), each two fifteen-minute slots will be filled with whatever activity I’m doing for that Pomodoro and then with the rest leading into the next activity. I am confident that keeping my eye on the prize and being faithful to doing the small actionable steps toward each goal will bring good results. As with all journeys (by land, sea, or air) the whole trip will be characterized by several little corrections to maintain an overall march in the right direction. Almost no trip is made by simply pointing straight at the destination and going straight at it the whole time. Therefore, I’m willing to take this into account and be patient yet firm with myself. If I lose my childlike view of the world, my art and activism (both marked by idealism) are sunk– on the other hand if I just let my kid roam freely at will, nothing will ever get done.

A special shout out tonight to Tennessee writer Bryce Lee Wynn for our helpful conversation tonight and your longtime support of my work. Many blessings to you, Brother.

I wish you all a productive and happy week of focusing on what you do want and not what you don’t.

Motorcycle riding has taught me a lot about life over time. If you’re going fast through a curve, it’s important to look at where you want to go. If you start looking at the barricade out of fear you’re going to hit it, guess where you’ll eventually end up?

See y’all tomorrow.

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