Thursday, May 8, 2014

Welcoming Interruption(s)...

You know when you're totally in the zone doing what you're doing and...

The thing FUrthest from your mind is doing anything BUT.

You know...

That zone where you totally have that 'do not disturb' sign posted on the back (or front) of your head and the last thing you want is for someone or something to interrupt you.

We've all been in that zone (whether we want to admit it or not), and no matter how zone-deep we may be in...

We can sometimes get...

  • Annoyed;
  • Irritated; and may even...
  • Impatient with whatever it is that caused the interruption in the first place.

We may even react in such a way that isn't particularly welcoming by:


  • Sighing;
  • Speaking with a less than enthusiastic tone of voice;
  • Not maintaining any real sort of eye contact;
  • Giving short answers; or/and (not limited to)...
  • Giving off an air of slight disinterest at (to) the interruption at hand.  

I get it.

When we're on a roll, we want to keep on rolling (or simply be at peace with whatever it is that we're doing) and...

We don't have 'time' for interruptions whereby...

As a result...

We often choose not to welcome them when...

Perhaps we should. (Yes of course we all need time to put our minds to work and get things done but, we can't always be pushing away those little interruptions which may actually be of service to us from time to time.)

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Now...

The reason I'm speaking to this today is because I often get interrupted by my best FUrry buddy Teddy.

He's always telling me what to do! ;)

Which got me thinking.

Seriously thinking.

Often times...

When I'm doing stuff on my computer...

I can find myself seated/standing for long periods of time.

Seated.

In those moments when...

I'm in the zone...

Be it writing, reading, learning whatever...

Teddy will pop by from time to time to check in.

Checking in usually comes in the form of a hug.
Or...
As a plea to get up and play!

It wasn't up until recently that when...

I shooed his interruption aside...

That I stopped and thought to myself...

Maybe this is a sign.

Maybe this is a sign that...

I need a break, time to breathe, time to refresh myself a little bit, time to get up, time to focus my attention elsewhere even for just a minute (or two, three or four....on him...among other things lol)

Teddy teaching me to savour the moment and...
To take it all in.

And maybe...

Just maybe...

This is a sign that I need to embrace and...

Welcome life's interruptions more openly! (Interruptions can be a positive thing, which depends largely on how we want to perceive them.)


Interestingly enough...

As I made this realization, it soon came to be that...

During one of my ventures to the gym with my every intention to get in the zone and workout out...


I put my headphones on...

Got into my groove and....

Got 'interrupted'. (Twice within 10 minutes of putting the buds in my ears! lol)

Which is when I realized...

For a second time...

That perhaps these little interruptions were (are) actually meaningFUl. (No matter the complexity of the words exchanged.)

MeaningFUl in a sense that...

The little conversations I had (in between sets <-- don't interrupt anyone while they're doing a set)...

Were opportunities for me to connect with people and...

To learn more about them and them, me.

And that overall...

These interruptions were moments for me to connect myself back to reality.

**Note: I do realize that some interruptions may not respectFUl in nature. Such as interrupting someone in their speech, not listening before speaking up etc.... But for today, I'm speaking to those lighter circumstances when being interrupted can be good for us. In a sense that these interruptions allow us to take a break from our busyness, enable us to shift our focus (even if only for 5 minutes), and perhaps even change our intended plan to something that may be of greater value to us overall.**

So with that being said (and as I too continue to practise this new intention of mine with open arms, eyes and ears)...

I would recommend that when life throws an interruption your way...

To take a deep breath before reacting (perhaps impatiently)...

Seize the moment to breathe a little deeper (which is something you may in fact be in need of) and...

Take this opportunity to look up and remember that there is a world around you that may also be in need of attention too.

Interrupting Teddy's slumber ;)

Question FU You...

How do you welcome interruptions?

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

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More ways you can CONNECT with ME:

12 comments:

  1. I LOVE this!!!! So very true! I often become very annoyed with interruptions, when you are right, maybe they are a sign to take a break, have some fun, connect with people. This is so important! Thank you :)

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  2. Beautiful beautiful post!! Love this so so true about reacting differently to interruptions!

    Love all the Teddy photos too ;)

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  3. ahhh so true! i think our dogs kinda know us better than ourselves sometime and what we need. Like more play, less work, and BREAKS

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  4. Ah that teddy is wise one! I love this

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  5. I love this post! I'm pretty sure I'd never get anything done if I had a puppy like Teddy. haha He's so stinken cute!!

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  6. Awe teddy! I think furbaby interruptions are my favorite! Bentley always gets angry with me when I'm not giving him enough attention and reminds me that he is the most important.

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  7. Wow! Lightbulb just went on. I have never thought of it this way- although I have faked smiled through interruptions, I'm not sure I've ever tried welcoming them. My life is a constant stream of little people and furry babies that need me from sun up to sun down-- I find myself completely drained by the end of the day. Your words will be with me for sure-- such great advise-- I needed this! Thank you!

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  8. I tell myself the same thing about interruptions when I have an injury! Perhaps it's an opportunity for something new :) Thanks, girl.

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  9. Such a timely post! I was on a roll in the gym this morn & a gym friend stopped me a couple times BUT it was encouraging words - ones I so needed at this time in my life.. YES, tke & listen to the signs!!!!

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  10. These past two weeks I have really taken a minute to welcome the interruptions and man has it brought on lots and lots of different emotions! Some wonderful, some not so good, but all of them are something I can learn from :)

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  11. Such a true point girl! I am bad about taking breaks and welcoming interruptions. I'm working on it!!

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  12. Awesome post my friend. I love this so much. It can be so easy to get annoyed by interruptions, like hubby wanting to talk while i'm engrossed in Food Network, but taking that time to talk, to listen, to be present, it's so important.

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