“All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate.” – Julio Cortazar
Tomorrow we’re embarking on a 28-hour, 3-flight journey to Bali. Right now, I’m a little distracted. I gotta make sure there’s enough pet food, pack up for 2 weeks without over-packing and leaving room for whatever happy treasures I find to bring home. I had a couple different ideas of what to talk about today, but I’m distracted.
Distraction gets a bad rep. I was trying to find the quote I read when I was a student about distraction. It was something about how distraction is at the heart of creativity. Instead most of what I found were quotes about how distractions keep you from getting your work done. Hahaha… Most of my ideas come while I’m doing something else. If I didn’t allow myself to get distracted by the beautiful details of things around me… well, I don’t know. I think I would be boring and bored. The best pro-distraction quote I could find is the one above.
Here’s my point. The techie social media type of distraction is a bummer because it pulls you out of the present. But the staring out the window/day-dreaming or wondering about the Lucayan culture and going down that rabbit hole… that distraction comes from being SO present. Maybe that’s “profound distraction.”
Focus when you need to focus. Otherwise, let your mind and your eyes wander… see what adventures they lead!
Next week, from Bali! Happy Friday Friend!