The older I get the more it seems I am bombarded with distractions when trying to accomplish something. Half the time I can't remember what I was supposed to be doing in the first place, so the last thing I need is a distraction. I've even gone shopping for something in particular only to come home with something else or something in addition to what I originally intended because I got distracted by something that looked good, pretty, and/or interesting. Not something I remembered I needed, but rather something I decided I wanted. All/most/some of us have been there, right?

Staying focused on our tasks can be difficult as we have so many things vying for our attention on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis.
And if our task is particularly daunting, challenging, complicated, boring, or perfunctory, we may welcome distractions--even if unwittingly. Clearly, there are some distractions in life that are unavoidable--things beyond our control. But there are other distractions we allow or choose for ourselves--things we voluntarily give our attention to rather than staying focused on the task at hand. Distractions such as the internet, social media, television, gaming, gossip, texting, talking on the phone, a person . . . you name it, whether at work, home, etc.

No doubt, distractions are part of life, and not all distractions are bad. It's the nature and timing of the distraction, as well as how we handle the distraction (i.e., whether we give life to it via our time, attention, and actions) that often make the difference in the outcome of a particular situation. Distractions . . . what many disappointments, lost dreams, lost connections, broken promises, botched finances, failed relationships, and lost opportunities are made of.



11/05/2013 6:07pm

Right now my kindle is distracting me from reading a scripture I should be reading and from hanging up some clothes laying over a chair!!! ;+)

11/05/2013 8:07pm


I completely understand and identify. How ironic is it that I allowed myself to be distracted by something on television while I was in the midst of writing about distractions.:-)


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