Still On Focus!


Lasers are one of the cutting edge tools being utilised to drive technology and industry forward. The first laser (LASER stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) was built a long time ago (in 1960), and is still heavily in use in a variety of fields, ranging from industrial manufacturing, DNA sequencing research, to surgical treatments, space optical communications, amongst others.


Basically, the Laser works by the emission of Radiation (which may or may not be visible. Light is a visible form of radiation) just like your regular light bulb at home. It gives cause for wonder: if lasers emit light just like my light bulb, why can’t I use my light bulb to, say, cut metal (like some lasers are capable of)? The answer to this is what sets apart Lasers from other light emitting sources- COHERENCE. Or in simple terms, highly focused light.


Most humans have been blessed with the ability to take on multiple responsibilities and tasks simultaneously, without collapsing under the sheer weight of “to-do”s, and all the while managing to give nearly a 100% in all areas of endeavour.
But it takes wisdom and maturity to know when to stop piling those straws on your back, and to then actually stop piling them on your back.

Many times, because we don’t know how to say “No”, or because we always want a piece of the action, we continue to say “Yes” and continue to tender our commitments to different activities, until we can’t even commit 50% of effort into any endeavour, and then end up losing ourselves in the process.


Who are you? What do you stand for? What are your goals? What do you want to be known for? What do you want to be remembered for? The answers to these questions (and the likes) should be what largely influence our decision to become involved in something or not.

Time availability should also be considered in this decision. While it is true that you’ll always find time for the things you love, there are only 24 hours in a day. Take this into consideration.


Paul had his one thing (Philippians 3:13-14). We should have ours too.


To make any form of impact, it is necessary to focus a substantial amount of energy to that endeavour. If we decide to dissipate this energy over a gazillion endeavours, we’ll find ourselves doing so much, and getting so little at the end of the day.


This advice is most likely not a novel one to you. I’ll be trying to consciously heed it from now on though. You should too.

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