Distractions   4 comments

It went “Zip” when it moved, and “Bop” when it stopped,
And “Whirrr” when it stood still.
I never knew just what it was and I guess I never will.

“The Marvelous Toy”

Did you ever play video games?  Computer games?  Wii?  Well, actually I’ve never played a Wii so I shouldn’t include that.  Many video games are fun.  The latest one that I have been spending far too much time on is “Plants vs Zombies”.  Ha!  I’ve mastered it now (I am invincible!) but I’m too cheap to spring for the full-blown game so I’ve been playing the free web game over and over and over.

When I play a video game I turn off the sounds.  The sounds are one of the ways the game distracts you from accomplishing your goal (in my case, guarding my house with plants so the zombies don’t eat my brains!)  But the game has other ways it distracts you.  Each plant you plant moves.  Now they might not move much, they just sway back and forth, but when you have your whole lawn planted with them, and they are all swaying, and then the suns are popping up or dropping down, and the pea shooters are shooting and the frozen pea shooters are shooting, and the squash is jumping up and squashing a zombie and……. on and on.  Distractions.  And the zombies move too.   Their heads pop off right before they die.  Some have helmets that pop off first.  Some have pole vaults.  Some have screens.  Then there is the football zombie (I hate that guy – he’s hard to kill).  So everything on the whole screen is moving and flying and jumping and there are distractions everywhere, designed to throw you off so the game can win and not you.

Isn’t that what life is like?  I recently had several days of high fever and let me tell you — that is distracting.  It is hard to think clearly when you have a fever.  The news is a constant distraction to me.  Sounds.  Movement.  Problems of people around me.  The future.  The past.  Things that need to be put away.  Things that need to be finished.  Things that need to be trimmed, cleaned, painted, scrubbed, gotten rid of.

So many, many distractions in this world.  So hard to keep the focus, and keep my mind on what is important.  Lord, help me to focus on what is most important, and let everything else fade out of my sight and hearing.

 

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Posted August 5, 2011 by Maureen in Christian, Randomness

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4 responses to “Distractions

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  1. Maureen, you are soooo right…first I don’t usually play video games…but when I do…if the sound is on I will start dancing in my seat…and then I lost a life.
    But about the news or reports that are all around us…
    When my computer goes on, I have trained myself to ignore the flashes of reports…I don’t want to know…
    is that silly or immature?
    They seem so hurtful
    Jaye

    • I don’t think it is silly or immature. It is just so overwhelming — we are bombarded with this stuff everywhere. You should have protection strategies in place for yourself. It is good to be informed and know what is going on….. but there are just limits to how much you can absorb and handle. Thanks for your comments.
      Maureen

  2. I had to laugh when I read your post. I have had a group home for teens for decades (currently have just one kiddo here) ……….and one of my “things” was that all electronic what nots, had to be on mute!
    The sounds of a houseful, or heaven forbid, a van full of the electronic beeps, and music would have made me nuts far sooner than necessary!

    I thought it was just me! You made me feel a touch more normal this morning!

    Thanks much……………and enjoy the quiet moments of your day!

    Sue
    Stitchknit

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