Yesterday we learned about distraction by looking at the Greek word periespato, which means cumbered. Literally, “tangled up.”
No other time of year brings the temptation to be lured away from what really matters more than Christmas does. It should be just the opposite, but we can’t seem to resist. From the commercialization of Black Friday to endless sales, events, parties, and gifts, it is easy to find yourself tangled in a web of busyness.
As I mentioned on Day 1, distraction carries with it a cause and affect (verb).
First “distraction causes distortion.” It literally causes us to see things in a twisted way. We can become sucked into busyness to the point where we begin to care less about the things which we care about the most. Kind of crazy if you think about it.
You say, “What does it look like when one has distraction distortion?“
Your little girl asks you to read her a story and your first reaction is to be annoyed. Your wife requests a chat and you nod without listening because she is interrupting the game. Your son wants you to play a game of horse with him in the driveway, but you blow him off because you need to make a couple of phone calls. The game of horse never happens.
Distraction causes distortion.
But the effect might be even greater. Distraction affects attraction. Miss enough bedtime stories, skip too many moments of connection with your spouse, and never show up in the driveway for horse games with your son, and soon you will be much less “attractive” to those that matter most.
Distraction affects attraction.
If today finds you blinded by busyness and detached from the ones you love the most, maybe you should give some serious think time to the “cause and affect” of your distracted choices.
Relationships cannot be rushed and healthy at the same time.
Do not let distraction get in your way.
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.