I was waiting for my plane at Houston’s Hobby Airport recently and walked by a massive historical kiosk on Houston’s Johnson Space Center. The display featured remarkable photographs of astronauts in training, in the spacecraft, and on the moon. As I walked by, there was a small boy fascinated by the shots of the “space men,” and he was totally focused. What actors call “in the moment.”
It occurred to me that he wasn’t thinking about where he’d come from that morning, when his flight was leaving, if he needed to grab a bite to eat, if he should call a client, or if his flight was delayed. He didn’t care. He didn’t need to care.
I would love to be able to get in the moment like that. As I run from the rental car counter to the airline gate, a million thoughts race through my mind about phone calls, clients, projects, family, deadlines, delayed flights, bills, to-do lists, and more. In my work, I pass more fascinating things in a day than most people see in a month, and yet in most cases, I walk right by – my mind somewhere else.
What about you? When was the last time you really got lost in something? When was the last time you were so focused, you detached from everything else? When was the last time you really unplugged?
It’s hard. Maybe impossible. But I sure want to keep trying…