|Distracted by scary things...do you want candy?|
Do you suffer from distraction? I do. Sometimes I don’t even know I’m ailing. Like today. I started out intending to write, as suggested by, “The Artist’s Way,” a book I’ve read. The goal is to produce three longhand pages per day, each morning, without censoring yourself. It’s a practice method and a way to unleash your creativity. I never handwrite myself, unless I’m out and about and using one of my notebooks. I have a horrible time reading my own penmanship.
So, I began. I titled my page and dated it. The start of this simple exercise unleashed more than my imagination. Just naming a page set me off on a huge adventure on the Internet.
I don’t know what diverted me from the page and started it or how I got where I got. Distraction can be a diversion such as entertainment or a hobby, or merely an interruption or interference. Supposedly, it can be caused by agitation, confusion and bewilderment. Well, I do get confused and bewildered. I wasn’t this morning.
I guess distraction is a pastime for me. It’s my leisure activity. I do it even when I am working and not scheduled to relax. I like to say scheduled, though I actually have no written schedule. It’s something I mean to do when I stop getting distracted by other things.
It’s not even like it’s relaxing for me; I usually travel great lengths on the web. I find stuff and copy and paste and create documents. I follow links and follow the links on the links. I compose emails and communicate.
This is what I did, instead of writing. I surfed. I don’t know why they call it surfing. For me, it’s more like going on a sea hunt during a storm. I am compelled to move forward, but can’t keep the boat on track. I veer off to unchartered waters. Is it procrastination or avoidance? I never think of it that way. It always seems to be a reasonable trip for me, even without a particular destination in mind.
But, I’m coming in to dock now and resolve not to go exploring for at least another hour. So little time, so much Internet…so much I want to know…but not now.