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The World Catches Us Every Time

The idea of distraction implies there’s a baseline way of experiencing the world, which we find familiar, if often uncomfortable. We think we ought to avoid distraction, since it takes us away from our baseline. But the opposite is equally likely—distraction might be an opening, or helpful information. If my new state of mind is exciting, I might call it a discovery. I could be on the trail of what I love, in which case I would be destroying my equilibrium in a positive sense. Since all moments have their virtue, there’s not a wrong moment to have. Distractions sort themselves out, if we have the courage to turn toward what we love.

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