Imagine yourself walking on a gentle path on a hill beside the sea. It’s a glorious sunny day, warm but with a slight cooling breeze, puffy white clouds drifting across the bluest of blue skies. Your destination is a seaside cafe where a dear friend awaits. Perfection.
You get a tiny little pebble in your shoe. All of your focus immediately shifts to the pain in the ball of your foot and the need to not have it hurt. You might try to ignore it and hobble along, hoping it will shift or somehow just disappear. After all, it’s a bother to stop and take off your shoe to deal with it, and your friend is waiting. There’s no time to deal with this, and it’s so annoying to have this intrude on what was a perfectly good walk. Darn it all!
Of course, it doesn’t go away but just gets lodged more firmly. Unicorns and rainbows might suddenly appear for all you know, but you won’t notice because you’re so distracted. (more…)