Have you experienced pausing while you’re cooking and trying to remember if you already add salt to your meal? Have you ever experienced reading and then forgetting the contents of a page the moment you flip to the next? Have you experienced entering a room only to wonder why you did?
I do think we all have experienced those kinds of things. We’ve all fallen confused and that’s because we let ourselves slipped into autopilot. When the mind got too used in doing a particular task, it can really get so full of itself. It will no longer put its attention to the task but rather, it will process other thoughts. This is when accidents happen like us cutting ourselves while dicing onions or adding salt to our coffee instead of sugar or misinterpreting other’s words.
The antidote to autopilot is focus. The mind is not the pilot, you are. Wake up, captain! Look at where you’re going. Be present. Be in the moment.
I know it’s not easy to focus on the task at hand especially when you know that you still have a lot of things to do after it. But, if you’ll weigh in all the pros and cons of being in an autopilot, you’ll see that there’ll be more cons. The greatest con for me is losing the moment.
When you’re in autopilot, you may miss the butterflies, you may not see the beautiful smile of your friend as she stares at her crush, you may not feel the fresh air, you may not hear the songs of the birds, you may not notice the blue sky, you may not catch the lovely leaf that falls from its lovely tree, you may not be able to enjoy…
So, take things one at a time. Just one at a time. Don’t rush living. Always focus, captain.