This is a lesson I’ve been trying to teach someone close to me, and I figured I’d share with everyone. You really need to learn to not let distractions get to you. It’s not worth it, and it can wreck your whole day.
So, you’re trying to work and suddenly company shows up. You grunt and moan and get angry. Or you have to stop to eat. What a pain! Man, I was trying to write something, cat, why did you pick now to throw up on the carpet! Aaarrgghh!! Wow, now your day is shot.
But it doesn’t have to be. You can just roll with the distractions and let them go. I swear, the “cloud visualization” I learned from Michael Beckwith has changed my life. It was meant in reference to meditation, but I use it all the time. the basic idea is that when something unpleasant is in your head or your life, you think of it like a cloud. It’s there, blocking the sun, but if you don’t focus on it, it’ll just drift away and you’re good to go.
You can apply that to distractions in life or things that upset you. It’s just for now, and it’ll move on before you know it, and you can get back to whatever you were doing. Of course, it’s also possible that the distraction will be a good thing. Maybe you’re working too hard and company will loosen you up. Maybe the cat will make you think of something awesome. maybe that food is going to make you happier and uplift your thoughts. you never know.
The point here is to not let little stuff get to you. It’s only temporary. It doesn’t have to be a big deal unless you hang on to it, raging over it, making it stick with you for longer than it was intended to.
Do you let distractions go, or do you get all worked up over them? Can you learn to let them go like clouds floating by?
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