It’s amazing that today’s cable and internet has not 300 channels, but thousands of choices.
And we are bored, constantly flicking from one to the other, using P-I-P (Picture-In-Picture) and checking our phone, news, social media, in between.
Notice if you are waiting - for an appointment, for a train or plane, for your husband to get to the restaurant, your children to get out of school - you tend to reach for your phone. To distract yourself from waiting.
We used to people-watch. We used to ponder, and imagine, and enjoy the scene around us. Now we distract ourselves, even though the distraction is basically boring. Digital screens satisfy the same neurons in our brains as do opiates. Addiction.
That pushes out imagination, creativity, and true learning.
Most people are distracted right now.
A life can be full, filled with deep focus and purpose. Or it can be shallow, filled with entertainment and distractions.
What if you focused on learning and creating, instead of on being entertained and distracted?
What if you found your relationships more fulfilling and joyous? What if you felt excitement instead of boredom. What if you found yourself growing instead of in mediocrity?
Your level of happiness and joy will rarely exceed your personal development.
The happiest people are lifelong learners.
Give up the life of quiet desperation for one of fulfillment.
Dr Chris Baker
Dr. Chris Baker is Past President of the American Orthodontic Society, a pediatric dentist and teacher of orthodontics, An author, dental practice consultant, mentor, and a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools, Dr Chris practices and blogs in beautiful Abu Dhabi, UAE, and glorious Texas, USA.
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