Or, Are You Distracted, Too?
Ryan Mohamed, this one is for you. What was the last thing you learned from a stranger?
Sing it with me: let me tell you a story about a lovely lady, who was very well dressed at the gym. She was friendly and she smiled but the problem, the problem was buried deep within.
And then the one day, the lady was distracted. It happened often, quite regularly…she put her nice stuff into a locker and proceeded to protect it with a security. A lock and key. Good quality.
All righty then, enough singing.
But anyway, upon returning to her locker, she unlocked the lock and opened the door. Finding that her precious stuff was there no more. She screamed (oh yes, she did. I was there!) and she shouted but to no avail. The locker was quite empty and nothing would make it full.
She dashed out to call the police and her husband. She kept up a steady, breathless diatribe of how she had been robbed. Robbed by an employee. Robbed!
I exited the dressing room and inquired as to the nature of the hub-bub. Did she look everywhere? Could she re-trace her steps? Was she certain a robbery had occurred?
She was so overwrought she couldn’t calm enough to answer reasonable questions. So, I, er-um, having done a similar lost-and-found exercise not just a month ago (minus the screaming and phone calls), said “Let’s just open every unlocked locker and see what’s inside.” Which is what I did. That’s how I found her expensive belongings.
Whew! Crises averted.
Trying to calm her down was a chore. She finally said she was always distracted, always on the phone and took her stuff everywhere she went. You see she had suffered a personal tragedy and was not recovered from the enormity of it.
Before we all laugh at thisabsentminded story, let us be compassionate too. It could have been you. Or me. Or someone we know.
For are we not all distracted? Too distracted? Distracted, too?
Yes, and it is costing us dearly. It causes minor personal challenges like stuff in a different locker than expected or spilled beverages.
It also causes major disruptions: accidents, bills not paid on time, bad habits, children feeling out of the loop, and so on.
We all must learn to put our distractions aside. That’s what I learned, Ryan. None of us are without stress.
So, take 30 seconds and breathe in deeply. Hold it. Release slowly.
Live in the moment and be grateful. Right, DJ Flores?
Set your top three priorities for tomorrow this evening before bed.
Now, I have a lot of friends that are coaches of various types. I’m encouraging them to answer in the comments. Please give us 1 tip that will enlighten us as to the type of coaching you offer.
Me, I’m a money coach. If you’re distracted and you have debt piling up; or the debt collections people are the source of your stress, I cordially invite you to avail yourself of my website or Medical Debt Reduction page.
Join the FREE email tips and grab a free 15 minutes session. I know I can reduce the stress of debt. Get ready for RELIEF!!
Here’s my tip to you: don’t be so distracted that you allow someone to take financial advantage of you. You just aren’t your careful self when you’re fully distracted.
And now, the rest of the story: I saw that woman again today at the gym. She was still breathless, still on the phone, still talking to people in the gym while on the phone; but,didn’t have her big bag of stuff with her.
She walked right by me without a word of greeting or gratitude.
I guess she was distracted. ☹
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