“The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.” – Xunzi

Having trouble focusing isn’t a new phenomenon, as indicated by this quote from Xunzi (Master Xun), a Chinese philosopher living in the third century BCE. When we pursue two or more paths at once, we halt our progress.

With several missions that matter to me, I often scatter my energy instead of focusing on one pursuit at a time, leading to mistakes, frustration and exhaustion. But when I devote myself fully to an activity—writing, teaching, socializing, cooking, cleaning, grading, reading, meditating, resting—without distracting myself, then my energy soars.

Sunday Journal Prompt

What road do you want to devote yourself to? How can you bring more focus to it?


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