Distractions – How a Fraction has become the Whole
Math has always been an important and intriguing part of my life as I’ve fascinated with the likes of Fibonacci, Archimedes and Pythagoras. In a more easily understood real life context, I’ve learned an inverted fraction is simply flipping the top (numerator) and bottom (denominator) numbers. And, at its most empirical level, a fraction is really nothing more than a visual approach to division.
Viewed through the lens of our existence, our total life is the denominator and how we collectively spend it is the numerator. One of the truths I have discovered in my lifetime is that the world is full of distractions, some as it were, appear to be meaningful aspects of life, while others are inherently recreational in nature.
What happens, however, when these distractions, viewed as a whole, become nearly as large as our existence? Quite logically, they distract us from our real purpose for living in the first place. They consume our existence as the ocean swallows the ship in rough sea whose captain is unable to navigate the turbulent water or the ship that breaks apart as a result of poor construction… or geometry.
As imperfect beings, we have all been driven to the brink of excess by an attraction, dare I say, addiction by the likes of professional sports, education, exercise, social media communication, travel and technology. So much so, that if you take a step back to change your perspective, most will find that nearly 90% or more of our waking moments are spent with non-essential activities, leaving precious little time for self-assessment, introspection, meditation or prayer and self-improvement.
Life happens quickly, lest we forget to “smell the coffee”.
In effect, our distractions have become our life. If you literally break down who we are, the word being; you will find the root of the word is to BE. But, just what does it mean to BE? Among other things, it means to breathe, to communicate, to maintain our health, to work, to play, to relax, to learn, to relate. It’s pretty apparent how easy it truly is to forget to pray, to acknowledge our purpose, to grow in spirit, to care and to become more knowledgeable about our existence, current and future.
There is much to be said for effort directed at maintaining balance in our lives. We all struggle with the stresses of daily living. From a higher plane of thought, however, most of these stresses or stressors, we (ourselves) have created.
Before the world (and our lives) pass us completely and irreversibly by, we need to spend more time on the essence of our BEing… After all, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Teilhard de Chardin.
The life we create is, after all, of our own free will. We must all choose wisely.
- Teilhard de Chardin (earthpages.wordpress.com)
- Writer of Destiny: Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (writingyourdestiny.com)
- The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams ebook downloads (soeeiobr.typepad.com)
Posted on June 27, 2012, in Personal Growth, Philosophy, Truths, Videos and tagged distractions, focus, Fraction (mathematics), Free Will, leisure, Life, Mathematics, Religion and Spirituality, time. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.