Overcoming Distractions that
Lead Us in the Wrong Direction
As I walked on the beach the other day I
noticed that certain areas were closed off by fences and signs that
said "Sea Turtle Eggs."
I remembered reading that female sea
turtles swim to shore between May and August to dig nests in the sand
and lay their eggs. Months later, the eggs hatch and the baby turtles
follow the pure light of the moon back to the surf.
In a perfect world, the pure light of the moon guides every turtle back safely to the ocean.
However, as we know, we don’t live in a perfect world.
Sea Turtle hatchlings instinctively
crawl toward the brightest light. On an undeveloped beach, the brightest
light is the moon. On a developed beach, the brightest light can be an
artificial light source emanating from restaurants, homes and
condominiums along the coast.
Unfortunately, these powerful
artificial sources of light often attract the hatchlings and cause them
to move in the wrong direction when they are born.
Rather than follow the pure light of the moon to the ocean the sea turtles follow the wrong light to a disastrous outcome.
It occurred to me that we humans face a similar challenge.
Rather than follow the path we were
meant to follow, unfortunately we too often are distracted by things
that move us in the wrong direction.
Technology, online games, too much time
on Facebook, bad habits, addictions, stress, busyness and meaningless
distractions lead us astray.
Instead of following the pure light of perfection we allow bright and shiny artificial things to sabotage our journey.
So, what about you?
Are you following your priorities and
pure light to the right destination or are you allowing artificial
distractions to lead you in the wrong direction?
Are you following the path you were meant to follow or are you letting meaningless things keep you from being your best?
The great news is that unlike sea
turtles we have the ability to think, adapt and change direction when we
realize we are following the wrong path.
We can tune out the distractions and focus on our priorities and let the pure light lead us to an ocean of possibilities and a great future!