Do we all have Adult ADD?

I haven't been diagnosed, but my wife has commented, and now on vacation, with no real responsibilities except feeding the cats, I myself wonder.

I love reading, and I love writing.  I have always done both.  But as a pre-teen homeschool kid, I could sit for six hours at a time, devouring book after book.  I would often spend as much time sitting in front of my 386SX computer, attempting to recreate fantasy worlds like those of J.R.R. Tolkien or Terry Brooks.

As a 30-something adult, spending a solid hour reading for pleasure is a personal victory.  As I do so, my mind races through all of the other books I could be or should be reading.  The list builds, I jump from book to book, and eventually the television too often wins out.

With my writing, I spend more time on this blog than I do on my manuscripts.  Here, I can usually finish a thought, and that sort of satisfaction of completing something is too rare.

I download individual songs on iTunes, rather than whole albums, not because of cost but because of time investment: I rarely devote myself to the experience of a full album.

In a world of Twitter microblogging and Facebook status updates, are we losing our capacity to focus?

I'm afraid I am, at the very cost of my own spirituality.  I spend far less time in prayer and meditation than I once did.  Investment in silence seems more burdensome than ever.

Anyone else feeling this?  My mother bought us a gift certificate for a hotel on the coast, dedicated to book-lovers.  No TV, radio or computers allowed.  Sounds really nice, if only I can find the time to get over there...

6 comments:

asthedeer.com said...

This post has really set me to thinking... um... wait a minute, I'll be right b

Chip Wilson said...

It isn't about finding time. Its about making it. Do you pay the rent by finding loose change? That's all I can really say.

Anonymous said...

Pete,

I feel you. I have an idea. People are the answer. Those closest to you need you, live for your happiness. Knowledge is noble and grand, but in our greatest time of need pales in comparison to human tenderness and love. Peace.


Chris

Rob Culhane said...

I used to be on Facebook, but about 8 months ago, I left it. I was tired of the incessant chatter, regularly checking my status and its interruptions, etc. I started a blog instead. Overall, much of the modern media (with its hype) does not provide a conducive atmosphere to a quiet and reflective heart which is able to abide in God's presence.

Brendan said...

Yes, I frequently feel the same way.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Is_Google_Making_Us_Stupid%3F

Peter J Walker said...

Whoa, great link Brendan! Depressing. Or scary. Or both...

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