A really important and thought provoking piece. I’m so aware of the stress caused by that constant multitasking, constantly being in touch, and yet feeling less and less that I’m doing the important stuff, putting focus where it’s needed. This article has made me pause and ask myself, what am I going to do differently so that I can pay full attention to the people in my life and get back in touch with my creative self?
“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” ~ Mary Oliver
The Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hahn, captures the essence of paying attention – deep, sustained, perceptive attention – when he reminds us, “You have an appointment with life – you should not miss it.”
Lately I’ve been keenly aware that life today is filled with endless distractions. These distractions, internal and external, are not all of my making. But being a creature of habit – I feel distraction creeping up on me and becoming more and more of my default state.
This concerns me greatly.
Perhaps it’s because when you reach a certain age you finally get that you don’t have all the time in the world to squander. While I am a great advocate for the freedom to occasionally do nothing – I don’t want to waste precious time.
Distractions (what tech writer Linda…
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