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Distraction

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We can be strongly focused, firmly directed, and striving for a specific goal, but even so, we can be distracted by almost anything that captures the attention of one of our deep-seated emotions or memories.  This distraction may not cause us to swerve from our purpose, but our purpose has become diluted nevertheless. Perhaps our inner monitor knows that we need a break; perhaps it knows that the object(s) of our purposeful behavior will lead to trouble, not triumph. Whatever the cause or the outcome being distracted can have both a positive or negative effect and should not be considered a neutral influence. What is interesting is that it cannot be self-directed; you cannot tell yourself that you will be distracted only at a certain time or during a certain event. Though distractions may come from inside your own brain they are not consciously formed, but come as spontaneous and unintentional acts. These distractions, often appearing as negative to others, can be valuable to us. Being distracted while performing a physical task beyond our capabilities may save us from injury. Being distracted when continuing to focus mentally beyond comprehension can save us from learning snafus. But being distracted can also lead to  more negative outcomes; being distracted from a physical task just within our capabilities may keep us greater health. Being distracted from focusing mentally when concentration is needed keep us from learning an essential skill. The key is to learn what distracts you and to recognize when you are being distracted. Shouldn’t we recognize as many distraction possibilities in ourselves as we can?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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