It’s 10:30 at night and Oscar, my cat still hasn’t come home. So my mind strays to different thoughts to where he might be. He’s fixed so I know he’s not playing with the girls in the neighborhood. He is young and spry and might feeling his natural instinct of hunting. I call him from the back door for hours; nothing. I open the front door and call, “Oscar!” and then I hear it. Oscar’s meow. I don’t see him (yes it’s dark outside). Then I hear the meow again. I look up and there he is, on the roof. Stuck I think. I get the ladder out to see if I can coax him down. He follows me on the roof line and it looks like he’s getting the message to come down. I noticed, though, he always stops at the same spot, looking in the gutter. Then it strikes me like a bolt of lightening. He’s got prey he’s guarding and like all cats, torturing it.
Obviously, Oscar’s and my agenda were completely different. He wasn’t stuck he was distracted. Self-care often finds us in a place of distraction. Just like Oscar, we are stuck, we just don’t know it. So what happens? Your self-care gets put on the back-burner and you end up losing yet again. We think we need to complete a task before moving forward. Just like Oscar, we hear people offering help, and the distraction gets in the way of making lives a bit more complete.
If you put it into another more devastating perspective, think about distracted driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “Each day in the United States, over 8 people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.” It’s the distraction that removes all logical or present thought. What’s more important than you moving forward, literally?
Sometimes, the distraction leads to something more serious, chronic stress. Why stress? It’s a compounding effect really, of feeling your stuck, getting distracted, feeling your stuck, and on and on. 2 minutes of doing nothing will help to bring your mind back from the distractions in life.
Distractions can make you crazy, so what can you do about it?
- Consider the importance of the distraction
- Consider the consequences of the distraction
- Above all, put yourself above the distraction
You’ve got the power to take care of yourself without distraction. What are your thoughts?
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