The world, with all the elements in it, can distract us from our path. As we work our way towards our destination, diversions can push us in other directions. A person can defeat distractions if there is strong commitment to fulfill a purpose in life.
When working on an important project, for work or school, random thoughts may distract us. When having a meaningful conversation with a loved one, sounds from surroundings can distract us. While preparing to speak before an audience, our body may not cooperate with the desire to deliver a flawless speech. When we are driving a car, words from passengers in the rear seats may make us to turn our heads. When sitting on a balcony to enjoy the warm summer breeze and absorb the beauty from the many bounties of nature, a smartphone notification can be disturbing. There are uncountable ways in which we are distracted from the things that require our attention, consideration, and focus.
The numerous big and small episodes of distractions, collectively, can prevent us from living a life of purpose. We must direct our steps – both mundane and significant ones – to ensure that we live a meaningful life. Distractions can deviate us from our path and lead us away from the things that matter.
As a writer, I am committed to the free expression of thoughts and sharing of knowledge. But as I write, social media notifications on my phone or a TV commercial can distract me. When I am preparing a draft of an essay or an op-ed, a surge of new ideas may tempt me to embark on a new project while leaving the current one unfinished. Unfinished work, as I understand, brings about neither joy nor success.
To be able to maintain focus in life, we need God’s endless grace. And that is only possible when we are on a righteous path. We must meditate in search of what is true and just. We must tame our restlessness, regulate our excitement, channel our passions towards creative pursuits, make decency our lifelong companion, and be persistent and make progress in the utilization of our God-given talents and skills. In the process, we will master the art of defeating distractions.
We are all endowed with qualities that allow us to contribute to make this world a better place for others. When we are able to free ourselves from distractions that hinder our growth, we will truly be able to serve humanity.