October 16, 2021

In the movie The Empire Strikes Back, Jedi Master Yoda talks about how Luke Skywalker is too focused on the future and doesn’t pay attention to where he is or what he is doing. Basically, Luke needed to practice mindfulness, the art of being fully present in the moment.

I could’ve used some mindfulness myself this week. While making coffee one morning, I got so distracted by my thoughts that this happened.

Photo of a glass Pyrex measuring cup sitting on a coffee maker's hot plate

This is not a coffee carafe! Photo copyright 2021 by Vanessa Kier.

Fortunately, I noticed that the carafe was missing before I started the coffee maker. Although, considering that the measuring cup is Pyrex, it probably wouldn’t have melted. Still, I definitely needed to pay more attention to what I was doing that morning.

Of course, I would’ve been more alert and present if I’d already had my morning caffeine boost. A catch-22 for sure!

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