Honor Focus

By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.

—Christopher Columbus

The word focus is bantered about our society these days as if it were something disposable: we have focus groups, we have clichés such as getting a clear focus on whatever, and we tell ourselves we have to focus. But do we really understand what we mean by that word?

For most of us, life is a series of interruptions. You can’t go into a grocery store without hearing music in the background—and it’s not the elevator soothing music of 20 years ago anymore; it’s the latest pop hit interspersed with ads for the store and for other products, and it’s a lot louder than it used to be. You also have ...

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