Distractions…


My high school reunion was this weekend…forty years…not that that matters to the story…but that’s what it was…anyway…I was in charge of desserts…which…of course meant I would need to bring one…or…two…

Not a problem when this was assigned to me…but…by the time the reunion was drawing nigh…I had changed my eating habits…I haven’t had sugar in over two months…and…no grain products…either…

So…baking was something that I dreaded…the smell of fresh baked goodies…a smell so powerful it has been duplicated in candles…has been known to derail my past efforts on more than one occasion…

After dreading my task for at least two weeks…I started cracking eggs…I had decided to make easy-to-serve…cupcakes…lemon…and…carrot cake…

Lemon went into the oven first…and…a funny thing happened…I didn’t smell them baking…carrot cake…same thing…hmmm…that’s when I realized that my fall allergies were acting up and I was stuffy…who knew that was going to be a blessing…

The next challenge was the icing…now…for me…icing cupcakes can be messy…and Saturday was no exception…but…what I found was that finger licking isn’t mandatory…in fact…it was more of a habit than a desire

So…the cupcakes were prepared…without so much as a crumb or lick ever crossing my lips…

After it was all said and done…Bertha…showed up with that…I told you so…look on her face…even though she really hadn’t…but…here’s what she had to say…after the fact…

Distractions don’t matter when you’re in the zone…your work isn’t to get rid of the distractions…but…rather…to get in the zone…

Hmmm…she was right…I thought I needed to get rid of the cupcakes…but really…they didn’t matter at all…because I was in the zone…I honestly didn’t want to waver from the way I’ve been eating…cupcakes really weren’t tempting…

Then…I saw the same statement…applying to other areas of my life…like writing…when I’m in the zone…it doesn’t matter what else needs to be done…or who is around…I’m going to write…so…when I’m complaining that…I don’t have time to write…there are too many distractions…and I try to simplify my life…well…I think you see where this is going…

Jane

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