December 8 – Beautifully Different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful. (Author: Karen Walrond)
This is a hard one. And something I have been trying to figure out all year. I got on the treadmill this morning with this prompt in my head and surprisingly came up with something. I think that one of the things that makes me different is my inability to multitask. Alas, I am a single-tasker. It has taken me years to figure this out and I am still coming to terms with it. While others are capable of doing multiple things at once, with ease, I cannot. When I am engaged in anything, it is the only thing I engage in. This can be a beautiful thing, if it is you, I am engaged in. It gets ugly, when I am engaged in one thing and I am needed, or required,or expected to be engaged in something else. It most often raises it's ugly head when it comes to the telephone.
I loathe answering it! Generally, I am engaged in some other task and do not want to be interrupted. If I cannot give you my full attention, I believe it is best for me to wait until I can. This is a beautiful thing when I do call back because you receive my full and undivided attention. Text messaging makes me enormously happy because I can focus and say exactly what needs to be said in the least amount of time, and in between other things. Writing on this blog, cooking a meal, sewing costumes at the theater, or having lunch with my friends, I prefer to be totally present and focused on what is in front of me. Don't answer your phone once we have finally made time to get together! I won't, (unless it's my child).
I think my need for single tasking is what gives my relationships more meaning. When I am focused and fully engaged in listening, it is very easy to hear what's being said. This is what I do that lights people up. I hear them--when I'm listening. And realizing that, is a beautiful thing.