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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %FOCUS POSSIBLE IDEAL VALUE EXCLUSIVE RANGE OBJECT 921025 There are more "dead" objects in the universe upon which we might focus our attention than we have time, energy and resources to do. Even without the aid of microscopes and telescopes which expand the number of objects upon which we might focus our attention (in the world of the unimaginably ultra-small and in the world of astronomical universe of the unimaginably ultra-large and ancient); there are too many "dead" objects for us to focus even a tiny amount of time upon each of them. Even in the realm of "live" creatures here on tiny planet earth there are more "live" things upon which we might focus our attention than we can individually or collectively focus our attention. We may choose to focus our attention primarily upon some limited range of possibilities: the past, the present, the future; the imagined, the feared, the hoped for, the regretted, the nostalgic; the imperfect, the perfect, the ideal, the flaws; conflicts, tranquility, winning, losing, winners, losers; etc. No matter in terms of what guidance, we inevitably focus our attention in some ways which exclude from our attention much else upon which we might focus more attention. It is important to be careful not to exclude from our focus matters which are essential to our personal and communal integrity. Exclusivity can be deadly in ways which fail to come into focus until it is too late for us to effectively correct our mistaken exclusivity. We will do well to consider carefully the terms in which we form our patterns of focusing our attention upon a manageable number of objects, interests and concerns. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================