Look for the Distractions

I am such a doer, y’all. I have a tendency to do all of the things all of the time. Right now, especially, I’m in a crazy busy season. Wrapping gifts, preparing for a book tour, and caring for my two little ones, just to name a few.

As you can imagine, every precious minute is dedicated to something that needs to get done. I can’t afford to be distracted right now. I know you’ve been there—you’re typing, rushing, and plugging away to pay just one more bill, clean one more counter, or run one more errand.

I was doing just that at home last week. I was on a roll, on the verge of finishing up putting away a batch of laundry, when my son Carter toddled up to me and plopped one of his books right on my laptop.

My immediate instinct was to say, “No sweetie, Mommy can’t read you a story right now,” and continue folding towels.

But then I stopped and looked at as his sweet, drooly grin and I paused just long enough to realize that I wanted to snuggle him up more than I wanted to finish the task in front of me.

So I put my basket aside and picked up the book, scooped him up into my lap, and read to him about a caterpillar that couldn’t suppress his appetite. It was the sweetest moment and made the rest of my day so much better. And it got me thinking . . .

What would happen if we started not just making time for little distractions, but looking for them? Most of the time, we are the ones who put the pressure on ourselves. We rush for the sake of rushing. And we get tunnel vision—so fixated on the task at hand that we miss these sweet little interruptions.

So friends, instead of being annoyed by them, let’s look for the distractions. Look for the moments when you can stop what you’re doing and laugh, tickle, play, read a book, or chase the dog. They usually don’t take much time and they almost always make your day better.

My little one is only 18 months old right now, but I know that in the blink of an eye, I’ll wake up and he will be 18. The requests to crawl in my lap will all be a distant memory.

If you are a doer like me, let’s encourage each other to slow down. Let’s stop more. Let’s not just allow distractions into our day, but let’s look for them. Because when that moment has passed, you can get back to the computer, the laundry, and the work left that’s always yet to be done—but this time, with a new smile on your face and a memory to cherish.