I Want to be Your Distraction
It seems that there are as many people complaining about being distracted as there are…
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Now, where was I?
Oh right, distractions. It’s not like it’s a new thing, the clamor of the hawkers in the marketplace goes back to as long as we’ve had marketplaces. The newsboy or the herald has been replaced with push alert, an even the town bells, conch or civil defense horns have been replaced with the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System where all our phones buzz at once.
It’s not new, but there does seem to be more of it.
Part of the reason there’s more is because there are more of us, more people trying to get attention. I won’t lie, I want you to read my blog, look at my videos and contact me so I can help you get blogs and videos for people to look at. We all have a little 15 minutes of fame in us that wants to get out on the global stage and say, “Look at me!”
But do we really want to be a distraction? Do we want to be one of 100 YouTube videos that someone watched today? Do we want our faces showing up in memes like Kim Kardashian and Frodo Baggins?
The more I talk to people about what they really want, when they really try to get their values and their motivations in the same direction, the more we realize we want more quiet, fewer distractions, and we want things to be simpler. BUT, we still want to be able to find the things we want, when we want them and learn new things along the way.
We want the town crier to tell us that the British are coming, we want to know that the silk merchant has an even lower price for very special friends of Rick, we want to know what’s going on and feel connected.
In other words, we want our distractions to be meaningful. We still want the adventure of discovery that comes with the guide who suggests touring the old castle, but we’re all struggling to find a way to have fewer reminders that some mass produced product that we are very aware of still exist.
When I say “I want to be your distraction,” it’s not that I’m looking for my 15 minutes of fame. I want to have a conversation and learn while teaching; it’s not about views or clicks, it’s about connections and a distraction is sometimes just a way of saying, “hello.”
You can watch all my distraction videos in a playlist on Youtube by clicking here or watch them here: