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Karlie Tipton, Associate Editor
Photo by LORI DUCKWORTH
Do You Mind?
By Karlie Tipton
August 13, 2015
Marbles are constantly barreling through my head, back and forth between the mistakes of my past and the imagined disasters awaiting me in the future. This requires a great deal of energy to maintain; it also makes it very difficult to concentrate on one thing. Luckily, my job only requires laser focus on the article in front of me in order to shape it to the standard of Oklahoma Today.
While I say that sarcastically, I actually think it’s part of the reason why I’m exactly where I’m meant to be. Being fulfilled in your career is not just about what talents you bring in, but what the job can teach you as well.
Editing is a great way to practice mindfulness, the concept of being present in whatever you’re doing at a given moment. You go through a text line by line looking for problems with grammar, style, or general readability. Preparing contracts is another task that requires a surprising amount of concentration: transferring fees, deadlines, word counts, and addresses from an email to a spreadsheet to the actual contract, printing everything, and mailing it to vendors is not difficult, but it’s easy to screw up if you’re not paying attention.
Outside of the office, I’ve found ways to continue my state of presence as well. Bringing life via Crayola markers to an intricately feathered dancer from my Carnival coloring book keeps my thoughts—other than “must stay inside the lines”—still for a couple hours at a time.
At my workout classes, it takes every ounce of physical and mental energy I have to make it through forty-five minutes of V-sits, squats, and the other buckets-of-sweat-inducing activities.
Of course, as soon as I am done editing, coloring, or working my butt off, my thoughts immediately begin ramping up, analyzing the problems I am sure to experience during the rest of my day, week, year, and life. But for those few precious moments a day, my head doesn’t feel like it’s going spin off of my neck and fly into the atmosphere. For now, that’s just fine.