By S. J. Brown
All of our lives are filled with distractions. However my world seems to have more than its share. As I sat down to write this blog in my newly completed office I was distracted as a butterfly fluttered past my window. Yes, I grabbed my camera and followed it.
My office has eight windows and a sliding glass door. These let in lots of light, provide cross ventilation and I enjoy an array of views. I can watch the birds at the bird feeders, and get distracted. I can see the bunny rabbits that hop around the yard. When one of them heads for the vegetable garden I feel compelled to go out and give them a stern lecture about eating my veggies.
When Jay and I worked on the office on more than one occasion I stopped painting, grabbed my camera, and headed into the yard to photograph the latest distraction.
It’s not just critters that distract me; it could be a phone call, a visit from a friend, the dryer buzzing, really just about anything distracts me. It is a wonder I get any work done at all. Photographing critters is just the fun part of what I do. I spend a good bit of time in my office. Photos need to be scrutinized, sorted, and submitted on a regular basis. Then there are book promotions, scheduling, and Facebook.
When I began this blog it was about the consequences of the decisions we make, obviously I got distracted and came back to my desk with a new subject to write about.
Distractions when I am in the field tend to be a good thing. I can be focusing in on a bird and get distracted by a deer.
Jay and I can be heading to dinner out and get distracted by a fox or a bear.
When we are in a boat and Jay gets distracted by a Bald eagle or two, I get very nervous. I can’t swim well and I am not comfortable in water.
So distractions can be a good thing or a bad thing. When I am stressed I welcome a good distraction like a new book, or a dog with a ball in its mouth. So do you tend to welcome distractions or stress over them?
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