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Topic: Concentration (07/24/08)
By Rachel Stone
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Back in the eighties they didn’t diagnose 1 in every 5 children with ADD, not that I would have wanted to be put on a wonder drug and labeled with a disability. But a little compassion might have helped.
Now that I’m mostly a grown woman, I have continued to struggle with that alphabet game. In the domestic department for example: I go into the kitchen to unload the dishwasher and see the milk I left out from the kid’s breakfast. As I open the refrigerator to put away the milk I notice we are out of a few things so I sit down to start a grocery list.
The adventure has just begun because the kids have interrupted the grocery list work at least three times and it gets left half done on the couch when I remember the laundry needs to get started so my family has clean clothes the next day. By then I still need a few things for supper so forgetting the list altogether, I head to the grocery store, two toddlers in tow, who knows what I’ll come home with.
Eventually supper gets cooked and on good days the laundry gets caught up and the floor may even get vacuumed. It’s not that I don’t try to do well with the blessings I’ve been given, I just seem to have to work harder at it then most.
Lately I’ve stopped struggling so much with this lack of concentration. The part of me that jumps from thought to thought may also be the creative part of me, a gift from the ultimate creator. It is also what makes me able to stop and enjoy the moment with my children or my friends, moments I may have missed.
I am glad I am me. By God’s Grace I am being transformed by the renewing of my mind, day by day. And I will be a better me tomorrow. But for today, I really need to go finish that laundry.
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