"I wonder what that's about..." I thought. One of those infamous vague tweets had come through my Twitter feed and I immediately felt compelled to click around the internet to figure out what it might possibly be referring to.
Walking away is good. Sometimes I barely even cross the border into the Land before I realize where I am and turn back. Sometimes I get far inland before I look around me and wonder how I even got there. But always, the ferry leaving the Land of Unimportant Things is a good one to be on. There's nothing there worth obsessing over.
I find this helps. Every once in a while, I sit down with a pad of paper and I write down everything I focus on. What activities do I engage in? What people do I give my attention to? What issues, situations, conflicts do I allow to fill my mind, heart, and emotions? Then, I start crossing off everything that probably belongs in the Land of Unimportant Things. When I'm finished, what I have left are all the things, thoughts, people, and activities that are important to me. I have left all the things that are worth being focused on.
That doesn't stop me from trespassing into the Land. I'm human. But, keeping my mind focused on the things that are important to me makes it harder for there to be room to focus on things that aren't.
How's your list?