Distractions are often fun. They capture the interest of the part of our brain designed to be stimulated by novelty. They are often short-lived and pleasurable activities. We all enjoy distractions from time to time in our busy world. But what if those distractions, like for the character in the film, are actually filling our day and getting in the way of us achieving the dreams or ideas that really set us alive?
But as is often the case in this journey of life, I eventually realised there was a lesson that I had to learn. What did I REALLY want? I forced myself to sit down and truly think about what seeds I wanted to plant in my life now, so that they would flourish in the future. Which people did I want to spend time with that really uplifted, nourished and inspired me? What did I really prefer to do when I wanted downtime and relaxation?
It was quite tough, but I realised that quite a few of the things I was putting my precious time towards were simply distractions. I couldn't do it all, so what did I really want to do. What could I let go of that would allow more space for those things? So, I unsubscribed from the mailing lists offering me deals on things I would never have thought to do or buy otherwise. I only went to concerts or talks that really really interested me. I stopped buying books on all manner of things.
Now this may seem contradictory to some of you who have read some of the other posts I've written suggesting that you try something new to boost your creativity or inspiration, but one thing I have learnt is that life is contradictory! Although it might be nice sometimes, there is no instruction manual telling us how to live in the best and most fruitful way. Sometimes life is confusing and we have to find our own way to ride the waves of it. So my offering to you this week is the suggestion to look at your life - and what fills it - with a fresh perspective.
What will be the things, people and habits that stay with you through a lifetime? What do you really want to have done by the end of this day, week, year?
How will you feel if you don't get this piece of work done, see that film, visit that friend or read that book? Will you have missed a beautiful opportunity, will you not even notice or will you even feel a sense of relief?
Which things would break your heart if they weren't in your life?
Use your gut feel and your sense of knowing to ask and answer those questions.
And then sweep out some of those distractions and get on with living towards your dreams!
Good luck and have fun!