The other day I had the TV news running on my laptop nearly all day.
It was busy news-wise, with fresh details emerging all the time.
In fact it was hard not to get dragged into it all, and very distracting in fact.
However whilst it seemed interesting at the time, it was all stuff over which I had no influence.
It was all going to happen whether or not I was watching, and at the end of the day I think it was actually a major drain on my energy and attention.
It’s easy to get distracted by this kind of thing, and end up losing focus on the important things in life.
I’m sure it’s important to know (a little) about the bigger picture but it definitely doesn’t make sense to start worrying about things that are way outside your own world.
Does that make you selfish?
I don’t think so.
On a similar note, let me draw your attention to a nice article to which I was alerted by Moodnudges reader, Damian Smith.
Damian, by the way, is training for the extraordinary Marathon des Sables next year (basically six back-to-back marathons in seven days across the Sahara Desert).
Details of that here:
Anyway, Damian points you and I to this piece by Victoria Coren Mitchell in The Guardian, full of amusing and helpful “things to think about when you don’t want to think about what you’re thinking about.”
Thanks Damian (and good luck). Thanks Victoria. And thank you for reading today.