The Law of Distraction

Well, it’s more like an Art than a Law, but if it was a Law, here’s how I imagine it would be phrased:

If I can find a way to distract myself from facing what I do not wish to face, I will.

Examples of this are:

  • Surfing the Internet because you don’t want to face the amount of work that needs to be done.
  • Doing lots of work because you don’t want to have an uncomfortable conversation with your spouse.
  • Staying in an uncomfortable relationship with a spouse because you don’t want to face being alone.
  • Buying lots of possessions because you don’t want to explore the feeling of emptiness inside yourself.

We are masters of distraction and justification, which are generally used to cover up fear and laziness. However, at times, distracting yourself may be beneficial, e.g. Watching funny movies to distract yourself from the fact that you’re supposed to stay in bed while you recover from an illness, even though you’d love nothing more than to go for a walk.

I’m not sure if it’s ever good to distract yourself from what’s really going on, but it may well be. I think it’s enough that I’m exploring the idea and hope that it helps some of you to face what you need to face instead of just getting by for any longer than is needed.

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