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Distractions Will Kill

Updated on December 8, 2014

You would not climb this peak while distracted about making a text.

Somethings automatically require our full attention.
Somethings automatically require our full attention. | Source

Distractions just plain kill.

We all have an inner being. That inner being needs our attention for us to live a real and healthy life. Distractions cause us to not feed that inner being and it withers and dies and we are left with a shell of ourselves. And that shell carries on in the physical of our being. In this sense the distractions of the world kills us from the outside to the inside. It is a sad truth that many of us walk around quite literally like zombies, dead on the inside but still moving our bodies through the paces of life. Oh let us be kind to ourselves and let us say that sometimes we move around like zombies.

How can we avoid this problem? We can be in the moment. Just consider driving. We should all drive like an expert car racer. Oh no not fast like that but in the moment like that. All focus and attention is on the drive. Hyper vigilance and full awareness of the moment and what is going on around us, yet a steady calmness on the inside. An alertness that does not let us vary from the purpose of the moment. We should also love like that.

If we concentrate on a task at hand then we are in a meditative and healthy state. And that state feeds the inner self and creates a balance with the outer world and we become better within ourselves. And this is good and noble, for the better we are to ourselves the better we can be for others and for other causes.

Just a delightful meditation piece. Truly there is magnificence.

How about you?

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Take a look at pro athletes.

Just imagine yourself as a professional baseball player. It is your job to take a bat and hit a small ball coming at you at 90 plus miles per hour. The total control necessary is remarkable. The absolute concentration is nothing less than amazing. Do you think you could do that? Do you think you could clear your mind of shopping lists, meetings and appointments and chores long enough to smack that ball? Well that is the epitome of being mindful. And we should give no less attention when we do things that can kill. And remember we are not just talking about killing the physical but also the inner self.

Think of any physical challenge like that. There is no time to think, only time to react and to go on what has become total muscle recall that transacts within a fraction of a second. Well let me assure you that being with a small child should have no less of your attention. And driving your car and 50 plus miles per hour should have your complete devotion for the time in which you do it. Certainly cooking a meal or writing for publication should get the same attention. And then why not just taking a shower or gardening or doing laundry.

The piano tuner must have full concentration on the senses.

There is nothing like the concentration given by a true musician playing at their best.
There is nothing like the concentration given by a true musician playing at their best. | Source

Some scripture that helps us get a handle on the point here.

I would hope that the wonderful best selling book of all time might shed some insight. These were provided by a wonderful preacher man preaching on this same subject.

"And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful." Mark 4:7, 18-19

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:1-2).


We would hope that these two writings help us to see the wisdom of living in the moment and not letting worldly care distract us from the main goal at hand.

This little boy is totally confused.

Should he concentrate on his hat, his food, his toy or his mom or even the photographer? Or maybe just getting out of that highchair.
Should he concentrate on his hat, his food, his toy or his mom or even the photographer? Or maybe just getting out of that highchair. | Source

Distracted driving

You are not getting out of this hub without my constant rant. Distracted driving kills 10's of thousands of people each year. It is estimated that over 250,000 people are injured each year by distracted drivers in the United States alone. Texting and talking on the phone are the major culprits. We are not talking about doing something shameful or wrongful, we are talking about doing something deadly. You would not shoot a gun around people while texting. So why shoot your vehicle at people while you are texting. Please stay safe and do not risk the lives of my children so you can do something completely selfish.

I did not write this article while distracted. Of course this does not apply to the scripture that I copied.

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      Dilip Chandra 2 years ago from India

      First words after reading the above, awesome flow of sentences. Concentration is really needed every time, no matter what we do. Distractions are, in my view, those things we bring up ourselves yet not needed.

      Today, in the morning i received a funny video on whatsapp. The lady in the video was talking on phone and she was at the gas station re-fueling. She totally forgot that the pump was still connected and started the car and moved. A man saw that and alerted her, she stopped and came out to remove the pump, she was still on phone. After removing the pump, she was getting back inside but the car got auto locked and the keys were inside. The distraction - talking on phone while re-fueling. She wasted others' time too, she could have finished the re-fueling and then continue her conversation. The distraction caused her trouble and so the others. Which is totally unnecessary.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do not get distracted easily....laser focus, Bev says, and I'm fine with that. :)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dilipchandra, that is just a great story to illustrate the issue. I will use it in the future. It works because nobody got seriously injured and yet hopefully it impacted the women --- though I doubt it ;-) At least it impacted me.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill that trait is fully realized in your writing. Perhaps you could share with us how you do that. Me, well let us just say I have a four year old, enough said.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Dear Eric, you are certainly writing up a storm of late, and I love it! Once again, you are sharing great wisdom and insight as to the distractions in this life, well ... the distractions we allow to distract us from the most important precious gifts in this life!

      I agree with Dilipchandra, about the wonderful flow of your sentences which equals - great writing.

      You have a most precious distraction right there in that highchair, and it seems he is receiving all of the attention and love he deserves from you in this life.

      I wonder if we were given a gift: All the time we ever wasted in our lives ...given back to us, what would we do with it? Cherish it and treasure each moment or waste it once again on unfruitful endeavors and tasks.

      Important message here.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Peace and blessings to you and yours

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      Susan 2 years ago from India

      My concentration is quite good, thanks for sharing this.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Faith that is just a great question. I was thinking back at all my squandering of time and wish that I had not been so wasteful. But then I look around and give so much thanks for what I have now and realize, if I changed a thing I could lose everything. As always you add greatly to my hubs and I really thank you.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours and may you be filled with the reason for the season.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Susan I can just see you concentrating on the moment in your kitchen, Thank you much for visiting and leaving a note.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful words of wisdom and an insightful hub!

      I am quite focused in whatever I am doing. I appreciate the thought of spreading awareness about distracted driving by means of your writing.

      Thanks for sharing this useful and engaging hub!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      ChitrangadaSharan, thank you and congratulations to you for being so focused. It is not such an easy thing to do for many of us.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I am not easily distracted. A very helpful and to the point hub about such issues.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      DDE your focus is reflected in your excellent hubs

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a great reminder about not getting distracted. I often remind myself to live in the moment, because it´s something I continually need to work on. My husband often reminds me of it--he´s a very "in the minute" person. Thanks for this informative Hub!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Vespa, I imagine you are "in the moment" when in your kitchen. At least that is the vibe I get. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      I must admit I was easily distracted by the things I see around me and that texting, but after reading the news.. seeing the young killed and hubs like these made me change my ways quick... thanks for the instant reminder eric :)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Frank, I have just returned from a land where the streets are jammed packed with motor scooters, bikes and motorcycles. I walked many miles up back and main roads there in Vietnam. The only time I got clipped by a motorist was when a motorcycle driver was texting and ran a red light. It re-affirmed my commitment quickly.

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