Every day there seems to be another force competing for our attention. For example, it’s almost impossible to watch a television show or YouTube video without being bombarded by a barrage of advertisements. Our mobile devices which used to be our private getaway are also being blitzed with ads. Even this blog post is competing for your attention. Do I have your attention?
Okay. As I was saying, everything and everyone, including family or career responsibilities are vying for our attention. Even our very thoughts have joined the chorus of forces competing for our attention. We simply cannot escape being pulled from every side.
Have you ever thought about why life is filled with so many distractions? I am not a conspiracy theorist, but a part of me believes that many of the distractions we encounter were placed in our line of attention on purpose and for a sinister reason. What if the bright lights, the loud sounds, the mesmerizing pictures and videos, the enchanting places and the charming characters were all meant to keep us from living our lives to their greatest potential?
What if those distractions were meant to divert our attention away from actively pursuing our dreams and goals? Or, could it be that the pursuit of our goals and dreams are the distractions we should really be concerned about? It is possible that we are pursuing, but we are not becoming. We are pursuing relationships, but we are not becoming more loving. We are pursuing success, but we are not becoming more contented. We are pursuing wealth, but we are not becoming more generous. We are pursuing greatness, but we are not becoming more compassionate. Or, are we?
Maybe distractions are a good thing. So what if distractions beg for our attention and focus. Who cares if distractions occasionally divert our minds from the drudgery of everyday life. So what if distractions make us laugh, cry, reflect and feel better. So what if distractions make us escape into our imagination.
What if distractions help us with decision-making and creativity? What if distractions help us form more meaningful connections with friends and loved ones? What if distractions help us build community?
What do you think? How can you use distractions to be more effective in your daily life?
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