Distracted

posted Jul 12, 2015, 12:34 PM by David Alan Binder   [ updated May 16, 2016, 7:10 AM ]
I was reading a book and a character in it had some issues and another character told him, to tunnel vision and bring his A game.

Why would anyone on earth bring anything other than their A game?

The simple answer is that like all human beings there is a lot going on in our lives, they are distractions.  There are good distractions and bad distractions.  Good distractions can be letting loose and having a good time for a change, letting our minds wander, giving attention to our spouses or significant others.  Bad distractions can be family issues, individual problems, health scenarios, and other things that we may need to think about but what about what we are doing at this very minute.

When I was in high school, my friend and I were driving and we saw a person run a red light and get broadsided.  The woman who had run the light was distraught.  My friend and I asked if she was okay and she was okay.  She said she was thinking about her husband who was in the hospital.

That was a distraction that almost cost her, her life.  Yes, she should worry about her husband, but not so much that it affects her driving skills.

That, Dear Writers, is a very bad distraction; when you put things that matter at the mercy of other things that may matter but need to be set aside for the moment.

Be clear of purpose and intent.  When you are performing a task, even as simple as cutting tomato slices, be not distracted so you don't cut yourself.  Cut with intent and purpose and ensure that whatever you are thinking about does not distract you so much that it clouds your mind and blinds you to what you are doing in the here and now.

I think about writing and what I will post in my next blog quite a bit.  Not so much though that it distracts me from my here and now.  I will not let it degrade my relationships with my family and loved ones.

Let yourself know that pursuing what you love is important.  Sacrificing  is a way to get where you want to go, but careful of what price you propose to pay.


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