I've been talking recently to a friend about the value of a good distraction. In my own experience, distractions have been known to make or break me. :) Quite honestly, I'm not sure if I mind either.
I've created them in many forms. My husband just LOVES to come home and find that I've decided to repaint an entire room that day.... reorganize all of the kitchen cabinets... or accomplished NOTHING in my day but reading some ridiculous book all day long... Yes, my OCD combined with my ADD comes into play with some of this as well.
The fact is, sometimes you just need an escape from your reality at the moment. It may be to clear your head, so you can face a dilemma head on. Maybe you need to refresh and come back to something later. Maybe you just need to get away from a problem or a worry. I don't see it as a negative thing at all... just a pause... a refresher... and, then you get back to whatever it is that needs your attention again.
A common, more simple "get away" for me is in my photography. This week, I've been trying to learn some new editing programs. Well, when business isn't booming, you just make something up... and I needed something to edit. So, I put on a cute top, some accessories, and make up... hung my bathroom curtain up in front of my bedroom window (because the lighting is pretty good in there), set my tripod up, along with my timer... and voila: a session to edit. HOWEVER, I still ended up going back to my tried and true method of editing. :( Sheesh... I don't do so well with change... which is why I needed the distraction in the first place! Well, here's the end result, anyway:
Image by Laura Ketteman
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