Too Distracted to Notice

I told myself I was going to blog at least once a month and here I am, over a month later, just realizing that I totally forgot.  It is just incredible how fast life moves and how time seems to be that one thing that you can never catch up to! Before you know it, it’s tomorrow and everything you were supposed to get done yesterday is now on next week’s list. 

For those of you who don’t already know, I am a to-do list fanatic. Anytime I think of something I need to do, it goes right into my nifty little to-do list app. It doesn’t matter if it’s as simple as letting the dog out or as complex as remodeling my apartment, if it can’t be done right then, it goes on the list! And if you know me very well, I’m sure you can imagine how long that list can be at times… 😐

The need I have to organize my life this way is honestly the greatest blessing at times. It makes sure nothing falls through the cracks and because of my competitive nature and desire for results I am always working on something which means everything gets done in a timely manor (for the most part). However, this process can also be a huge obstacle.

The other day I was feeling really disappointed. I was sad that the people I wanted there for me, weren’t. During my pity party I started to think about all the times I may have been the person that wasn’t there when someone needed me. I realized that my chaotic mind and never ending to-do list were standing in the way of me being a bigger and better part of peoples lives. I had allowed friendships to fall through the cracks and I had stopped getting out and doing all the things I love most. 

When life gets busy and the to-do list is pages long, I get distracted. We all do. The desire I have to complete tasks pulls me away from the desire I have to be present and interact with not only those I care about but even with those I don’t know. I would be terrified to see the list of experiences and relationships that I have passed up because I was too distracted to notice them. 

There are always going to be things to work on, but these few are going to the top of my list. I’m going to treat spending time with friends and family as if it were on the list and not just something that fits in between the bullet points. I am going to try to be a positive part of everyone’s day. Even if it’s as simple as making someone smile, it’s better than just moving along and leaving things the way I found them. Overall, I am going to try harder to slow down enough to enjoy all of life’s moments a little bit more. 

If you took the time to read this, thank you. I hope that whatever it is that distracts you won’t keep you from experiencing all the wonderful things life has to offer! Also, if i’m ever not living up to these goals, TELL ME! I will probably need lots of reminders 🙂 

Have a wonderful day!

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