So much amazing technology at our disposal. This is truly an awesome time to live. We have access to so much, but the same thing that brings so much access also has become such a huge distraction Are YOU distracted much?
Dictionary.com defines distract in the following way.
— verb (used with object)
to draw away or divert, as the mind or attention:
to disturb or trouble greatly in mind; beset:
to provide a pleasant diversion for;
to separate or divide by dissension or strife.
Such a powerful action word that takes place in our lives everyday. It’s even used sometimes with a positive connotation (I needed the distraction to take my mind off of things), but more often than not its not a positive thing at all. In fact, many of you won’t be able to make it through the reading of this blog simply because something will distract you. Your email alert will divert your attention, someone may call, a pop up grabs your attention, text, or whatever else shifts our attention.
Whatever it is, distractions will keep us from fulfilling the great things that we were created to do. Many of us have dreams, big ideas, major plans to achieve greatness, but along comes a distraction. It could be so many things, FB can suck up hours at a time, it could be that pretty young lady or handsome man who is diverting your attention, maybe it’s the constant need to respond instantaneously to a text message. How much tv do you watch?
Now I don’t have all the solutions because I’m yet a victim too and will sometimes even cover it up by attempting to justify it in some way, “I just need to…” The reality is its still just something that keeps me from being effective in one or more areas of life. One reality check came for me as my 7 year old and I were on a walk and she had to ask (ok let me be real, demand) that I put my phone down. Yup, distracted from spending quality time with my little love. OUCH
So now what? Do you remember the times when technology was much less impacting? I remember back in the day going fishing with my dad. When we left the house we lost contact with the rest of the world. It was just me and him, left alone to have real conversation and enjoy each others company. No smart phones, no tablets, no pagers ( I know right, no one uses them anymore). Those were the days… We simply enjoyed those moments in time. There was no worry about missing an email because there was no email. Did someone call? It didn’t matter because we had no way of knowing so we just talked and shared. Crazy thing is that neither of my daughters know what it’s like to live without technology.
Sad but true story, I was with my family over the holidays and everyone was sitting around the same table and conversation was taking place but no one was looking at each other or talking about anything but the game we were all playing on iPads, iPods or androids. It was crazy. No attention, no real conversation. Nothing but words with friends and candy crush, and the other many games available, how pathetic. In that moment I really had to check myself and decided to make a change.
So what distracts you? I encourage you to take inventory of your distractions. What is keeping you from praying consistently? From studying? starting the business? From quality time with your loved ones? Going back to school for that degree, or second degree? From writing that blog or book? Ok, you fill in the blank! Write down your distractions over the next few days. The first thing is recognizing what is keeping you from the best of life. The next step is to do something about it. Limit your tv time to one hour a day. Use that DVR to capture your favorites for another time. I think technology is great but let’s make it work for us rather than becoming a slave to it. Create to do lists and actually complete the stuff on there, in time… Eliminate the distractions. Rid yourself of the things that you allow to hold you back. Yup, its harsh, but reality.