When we absentmindedly eat while watching a movie, we can really put away some junk food. Think about how fast that popcorn disappears, and wait, what happened to my drink? Before we know it, we’ve eaten through a whole bag of popcorn and haven’t savored one little bite.

Whether it’s the junk food or the home cooked meal, when we are distracted eating, we are mindlessly putting stuff in our bodies and getting no fulfillment from it. It leaves us wanting more.

We can get so caught up in what we’re doing that we don’t realize what we’re doing. We’re going through the motions of life, but we’re not examining our actions and reactions and enjoying the little moments. We live in the moment instead of letting the moments live through us. Instead of just rushing full speed ahead, the body on autopilot, we need to slow down, look around and take stock of what we’re doing. Is it something that we will regret later (that buttered popcorn sure was good, but I don’t feel so well right now), or is it something that gives us satisfaction?

How many moments do we have to lose before we realize that once they’re gone, they’re not coming back. Those “caught up in the moment” actions, once they happen, that’s it, they’re done. We can’t undo something. We can’t uneat that popcorn or take back that thing we said. We can’t unlose our temper or see the same sunset again.

One shot; one life is all we have. Make sure our moments count for something better than ourselves.

2 thoughts on “Distractions

    1. Good question. A distraction takes you out of awareness; it numbs you to what you are doing; it hinders you from becoming. A missed opportunity can become a distraction if you focus all your thoughts on what might have been. Otherwise, count your blessings because that wasn’t meant for you, better is on the way. And the only way to epically fail, is to quit and not try again. It’s a setback in time, perhaps, but a failure is just another launching pad, just another place to start.


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