Day 10: Focus Verses Obsession, It’s a Fine Line.

080213blogimage-600x426Okay maybe it is true what my family and friends say.  I don’t get involved – I get obsessed. I think it is normal while working on a project to spend 10 straight hours on just that one last thing.  You know the little thing, generic viagra store that follows the other one little thing, generic cialis viagra until you  have become a master at something you did not understand at all when the day began.  I just want to figure it out!   So in my defense let’s look up the meanings of these to approaches.

ob·ses·sion

 noun äb-?se-sh?n, ?b-

: a state in which someone thinks about someone or something constantly or frequently especially in a way that is not normal

: someone or something that a person thinks about constantly or frequently

: an activity that someone is very interested in or spends a lot of time doing

fo·cus

 noun ?f?-k?s

: a subject that is being discussed or studied : the subject on which people’s attention is focused

: a main purpose or interest

: a point at which rays of light, heat, or sound meet or from which they move apart or appear to move apart; especially : the point at which an image is formed by a mirror, a lens, etc.

Okay, I do not find these two definitions all that useful!  It seems to me it is determined by what others perceive as normal.  In both cases a person is focused on a main interest or purpose.

Last night Don and I were watching the movie “Jobs”.  Steve Jobs, while working with Steve Wozniak, had a vision that moved forward through absolute focus.  This was done at the exclusion of everything else.

Jobs (and Wozniak) are credited with revolutionizing the computer industry by democratizing the technology and making the machines smaller, cheaper, intuitive and accessible to everyday consumers. ..bio.true story

Then there is Albert Einstein.

Einstein began to wonder what a light beam would look like if you could run alongside it at the same speed. If light were a wave, then the light beam should appear stationary, like a frozen wave. Yet, in reality, the light beam is moving. This paradox led him to write his first “scientific paper” at age 16, “The Investigation of the State of Aether in Magnetic Fields.” This question of the relative speed to the stationary observer and the observer moving with the light was a question that would dominate his thinking for the next 10 years...the bio.true story

In both of these cases the people involved could be perceived as either obsessed or focused  depending on the observer.  Their focus made traditional school a poor choice for them.  However, when allowed the freedom to explore their obsessions they were able to expand their minds in ways most can not even begin to imagine.

So my question is, does the observer block the process of creation by placing limitations on the expansion of the mind? If that is the case then shouldn’t we all strive to be outside the norm?  Isn’t obsession simply focus taken to its logical conclusion?

In our society we are programmed, through the media, to develop strong attachments to people, objects, disease, death and many other things which do not serve us.  This can lead to unhealthy obsession.   However, that little spark of intrigue that plays in our mind is often discouraged.  I find I must follow that link that within my own mind until I have reached a conclusion .  Obsession?  Maybe!  Freedom most definitely.

One thought on “Day 10: Focus Verses Obsession, It’s a Fine Line.

  1. So therefore the difference between focus and obsession is a matter of subjective degree determined by the observer. Interesting and has been keeping doctors, especially shrinks, in business for years. However, if you want to discuss obsession, think about this: As I see it, one might get overly involved in things (obsessed), feel overwhelmed by the task or the people involved, and then dismiss or abandon the project due to illness, stress, or pure agitation. No matter how obsessed one is with the worthiest of causes or how great one is at the projects he/she tosses them aside, so is the real issue an obsession, a semi-guilt-ridden abandonment of one’s highest ideals followed by a replacement, or a lack of interest in a project once the newness or learning curve wears off? Too many issues.

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