We live in a world full of distractions. The national news networks are proof of this. The screen is jumbled with people talking in the center and then words scrolling at the bottom of the screen. The last time I watched the news, I wasn’t sure whether to read the news feed or listen to the people who were actually talking. As such, I was fully focused on neither and probably missed the gist of both.
I am very easily distracted. It’s common for me to be working on something, only to have another thing catch my attention, and to completely lose sight of what I was working on in the first place. Things do not hold my attention for very long. I have to fight to focus on what’s in front of me. It’s a fight I often lose.
Well, I recently volunteered to take on some more responsibilities at work, and as such, I have to focus. They have informed me that I cannot wear headphones for the next few weeks as my new job duties will require me to a) look approachable and b) focus on my actual job. I don’t actually want to do either of those things. I work at a place that involves lots of numbers and legalese. Of course both of those things generally require, but do not inspire, a great deal of attention.
So I won’t be able to send random texts to my friends, or play my new favorite word game on the internet while I’m at work. I won’t be able to scroll through my social media feeds, or listen to my favorite podcasts or church services. (Thank God for youtube!) I probably will have no clue what is going on in the world for a while. Maybe that will be a good thing.
The world is full of distractions, but I’m not supposed to be conformed to this world. Right now, I’m not sure if this is a good idea. I think I might go crazy. (Okay, I’m already crazy, so maybe this will make me crazier.) Conversely, maybe forcing myself to focus on only what’s in front of me for the next 120 days will lead to a renewing of my mind. Either way, pray for me.