Being a bit of an airhead myself, my often head in the clouds state of mind has to be brought back down to earth by having to focus on the job at hand. Particularly considering my rather hi tech business repairing today’s motor vehicles! In solving often well hidden problems in the fine detailed components, a decent set of glasses are needed to be able solve, and then carry out the repairs! It is relieving though, at the end of a long day, to rid oneself of the glasses, and let them hang on their string around my neck!
Walking through our local supermarket recently, and acknowledging greetings from my fellow shoppers, I realized that I needed to put my bi focals on to be able to actually see the eyes I was greeting! This I did and in doing so was taken back to an earlier posting on my Blog entitled Embrace!
Lest we regress, embrace every aid at your disposal to keep in touch!
The eyes have it without a doubt! One of my favourite movies, Six Days and Seven Nights, with Anne Hesche and Harrison Ford has many memorable moments: The eye patch scene in the cockpit – The “one of those guy, guys” scene after the first plane crash – the way her fiancé’s, (Mark Schwimmer), eyes go dreamy when he thinks Hesche knew about his indiscretion with Ford’s assistant, to name a few! After the second plane crash landing in the sea, and Anne is visiting Harrison in his hospital room, Anne Hesche’s incredible eyes are what that scene is all about, with an emotional plea, or rather suggestion, that they shared much more than just a moment, on the deserted island, and then her eyes glistening as Harrison suggests they should rather not complicate their lives……!
Most of us fellas would have no defence against those eyes, becoming weak kneed and lost in all the wrong thoughts! Our only defence would be not to focus on them peepers! Great eyes Anne!
In my own case, totally deaf in my right ear, and the high notes getting fainter in the left ear, it is imperative for me to listen, lest my focus wane and end up with that famous expression: “I see your lips moving, but all I hear is blah blah blah! “
Our world today, although distracted with many battlefronts of warring sects and murder squads, requires you to move almost constantly with the times, otherwise you’re out of it, left behind, trailing in the wake!
Having said that, another way to be left way behind is not using social media like Facebook and Twitter etc. to their fullest! Facebook is most useful when it comes to birthdays, that reminder notification often comes in just in time to save your face, or even a relationship! True to its name Facebook is also useful for visual aids, as us soon to be even more seniors get blurry memories of faces, fb just puts it all back into perspective. Stay away from negative posts on Facebook though, look for inspiration and inspire others, let the newspapers and your news channel carry the bad news!
Whattsapp, Instagram and YouTube are also cool apps to use in order to keep our focus on our constantly changing world. (I use whattsapp as a broadcast tool to send blog invites!) The only danger is focusing on social media instead of the job at hand! I try to devote specific times when I go on fb and in all honesty find my cell phone battery is slower to lose its charge when fb is disconnected. The little electronic gremlins seem to eat not only our data but also our batteries!
Focusing on our own direction remains our most important need, but using the social media as tools of inspiration and of course close to the minds or hearts of others, all helps in keeping us focused on our constantly changing world. Always have a finger that hovers over the send button though! If it doesn’t feel quite right then don’t send! Your sense of humour isn’t always universal!
The Black Caps, New Zealand’s illustrious national cricket team, cruised along in the recent T20 Cricket World Cup, having made it to the semi finals, when the English boys with admirable game play smashed the Kiwi’s focus and sent them home to mope in the South Pacific! The Final against the Windies was heart stopping for both sides and if England’s poor old Ben Stokes felt he was focused on victory and his hands on the Cup, then Carlos Braithwaite shattered his aspirations when Stokes bowled the final over! Needing 19 from the final 6 balls, Braithwaite walloped 4 of the deadly cricket balls over the boundary, snatching victory by five runs. England were stunned and Stokes was brought to tears!
As if focusing on our Blue Planet wasn’t enough, the latest bunch of brainiacs are now suggesting that with developing technologies we, probably not you and me though, will soon be able to send a spacecraft to Alpha Centauri and the journey will only take a mere twenty years! In your and my language that computes as a 30,000 year journey travelling at the speed of light, but with that extra special spacecraft motoring along at 1500 times the speed of light! Whoever or whatever is on board will definitely not be able to focus on much!
Ethel Waters first sang Jeepers Creepers way back in 1938, Frank Sinatra’s version hit the radio waves in 1954, 10 years before Armstrong made that giant leap for Mankind:
St Vincent School For The Deaf stay focused!:
Down Durban way The Fulton School for The Deaf:
Abraham Kriel Childcare group, caring while we work:
The Avril Elizabeth Home for the Mentally Handicapped was opened in 1970, and for the amazing work they do for the less fortunate they deserve great accolades: