I am easily distracted. I most often notice this when I am sitting on the couch and realize my water bottle is empty so I get up to refill my water bottle. As I walk to the kitchen I think, I might as well go to the bathroom while I’m up. On the way to the bathroom I see the light on in the laundry room and fold a load of laundry I had forgotten about earlier in the day. I take Tink’s clothes to her room.
Tink’s sitting on her bed and I ask if she has everything ready for school tomorrow. She replies “Yes and oh by the way I need you to sign my Algebra test”. I see the grade and we have a 10 minute discussion about paying more attention in class and avoiding distractions. (ironic right?) Finishing our conversation I go to leave her room and then she reminds me I need to sign the test.
So I go to my office to get a pen. While I’m in my office I see the message light blinking on my phone. I go ahead and listen to the voicemail. It’s my mom telling me when my sister and her kids are coming in for a visit and she’s not begging or anything but it sure would be great if we could make it too. So I leave my office and go check the calendar on the refrigerator. That date should work. I ask my husband if we have anything to do that afternoon. He says no. I type an email to my mom telling her we’ll be there, then I sit down on the couch and reach for my water bottle. <sigh> I get up and start the process all over again.
My friend Sandy mentioned the other day that she’s recently been practicing yoga and meditating and she asked me if I’d ever tried it. Well, I do some yoga but I don’t really try to meditate. When I meditate it turns into a to-do list in my brain and then I just start feeling anxious to get all the things on my to-do list ta-done. Then I wind up more agitated than I was before I tried to relax.
My Aunt Mary Alice, God rest her soul, used to say she did the same thing when she prayed. These days I find myself doing that too. “Dear Lord, forgive me for my sins, help Tink continue to grow strong and smart . . .” Then . . . “What am I going to have for dinner tomorrow night? Maybe chicken and rice. Wait, do I have rice? I have wild rice but do I have regular white rice? Oh yeah, we need to eat that broccoli I bought last week. Why didn’t we eat that? Oh, because we had hot dogs and . . . wait . . .” I pause just a moment, “Dear Lord forgive me for my sins and maybe help me concentrate just a little bit more?”
For another view on distractions that are more productive than mine, check out “Thieves and Poachers!” by littlesundog!