Mindful Manhood Minute: Distraction

Distraction: a person or an object that directs one’s attention away from something or someone else. Mental confusion driven to distraction by their endless chatter

In the 2009 movie “Up,” we watched the humorous side of distraction. The movie introduced us to cranky Carl, Russell, the very talkative Wilderness Explorer scout, Dug, the golden retriever whose special collar enables him to talk, and the word “squirrel” became synonymous with “look over there.”  Which successfully distracted every dog, no matter how many times it was used.

We live in a world full of distractions.  Social media, advertisers, talk shows, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and newscasts are shouting “squirrel” a hundred thousand times every day.  Each is trying to be more distractive than the other. 

Which makes me ask; Why are they constantly trying to distract us?  Moreover, why are some of us so easily or eager to be distracted?

Perhaps it’s to compel us to buy something.  Advertisers have been using misleading imagery to drive their product sales, promising increased prestige or popularity once you own their product.  Sound familiar?

Perhaps it’s meant to entertain us.  There is nothing wrong with healthy entertainment distractions, a movie, video game, hobby, hiking, or a weekend getaway.  The keyword here is healthy.

Perhaps it’s meant to inform us.  However, the seemingly relentless news, social media experts, talk shows create a deafening den of endless chatter, making it difficult for anyone to make sense of it all.  Maybe that’s the plan?   Create such an overwhelming amount of good, bad, or ugly distractions, resulting in more confusion than clarity.  Incapacitated by this confusion, we become fearful of making the wrong decision; therefore, no decision is made, leaving the decisions of others the loudest voice or the law of the land. They are transforming distraction into deceit, which perhaps was their intention in the first place.

How well do you deal with distraction?  Does distraction drive your day, continually checking your social media pages, passing pictures or talking points to family and friends, and adding to their distraction? 

Be mindful that constant, persistent distraction to redirect your focus on someone else’s agenda.  Harmless distractions like entertainment or purchasing products can become harmful habits if not mindfully managed.  The key questions here are who or what is distracting you, and why are they so successfully intruding into your life?

More importantly, distraction is often deceit’s trap door.  We’ll discuss deceit in my next blog.

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