Lose that bad attitude.
Ignorance: lack of knowledge or information to your (alleged)advantage.
Wikipedia describes ignorance as lack of knowledge, an adjective that describes a person in a state of being unaware; individuals who deliberately ignore or disregard important information or facts; or individuals who are unaware of important facts.
I don’t find these definitions at all negative.
To be ignorant is to ignore it all and to ignore it all is to experience utter bliss.
Ignore the distractions.
Ignore the rules.
Ignore the attitudes.
My new goal is to strive to be more ignorant.
And the important aspect in the definition?
Importance is subjective, so unless it’s life or death or safety, then it’s questionable.
But I’ll take the rest.
And ignorance would definitely cure my road rage.
Ignorant behavior has several advantages far and above the need for important information. For instance, ignorance can cure me of any sense of lack of propriety, i.e., following the “princess and the pea rules.”
Someone could walk in the door and blow by me while I walk out and I wouldn’t give so much as a huff.
Take that Miss Manners.
I could step over dog poop without a second glance. Leave trash on the ground.
I could be ignorant of the fact that people are being rude and insulting and just smile at them. Then go on my merry way and have no reaction, instead of having an intense, and irrational, desire to punish them. It takes way too much energy.
That’s one way of looking at ignorance.
There are other distractions that have the potential to create that state of bliss if you ignore them. It’s one of, if not the most popular distractions of the day.
You guessed it. Social media.
For instance, text messaging.
Imagine ignoring those notifications.
You receive a text message and panic as that message quickly grows old. You begin to reply and then a bunch of other texts come in, in rapid succession. Interrupt, interrupt, interrupt.
It’s a way of saying, “Don’t interrupt, me while I interrupt you.”
It makes me nuts.
Solution: ignore them. Be ignorant!
Replace that behavior with paying attention to driving, walking, drinking coffee, or whatever it is you are doing. Be present.
Turn-off all notifications. Do you really need to know the second someone likes your Facebook post, or your profile on LinkedIn? Hell, you can even turn on your Medium notifications and have followers clap you to death while you’re trying to write your next piece.
Do yourself a favor. Stop checking the claps and just write.
Be ignorant of your e-mail. Once you’ve read and replied and paid your bills, relax. Put your phone down and/or close your e-mail without feeling the need to constantly check it and catch-up. Those messages aren’t going anywhere.
Be ignorant of the news. Why?
Because the news fluctuates, ebbing and flowing like the tide. The important stuff will be around the entire week, if you’re interested. Something as impermanent as a news story is only fodder for the news junkies.
Don’t turn on your television. If you’re spending hours in front of the television, binging or otherwise, you’re wasting a lot of time, energy, and emotion that you’ll never get back.
Those characters on these shows don’t really exist, are dead, and if they’re not, chances are you don’t know them. It might be time, at this point, to check your voice mail and see if any of your family, friends or people you actually know, have left you any earth shattering messages, good or bad.
What happens when you ignore all these outside distractions?
You become mindful of what’s in front of you and what’s important.
To do otherwise is multi-tasking and let me tell you, there’s no such thing. You can only do one thing at a time. I know, I do this all day at work.
In yogic terms, multi-tasking is constant partial attention. And unless you’re giving it all your attention, your work is not your best.
I also find that when I focus, I procrastinate less and get to the subject at hand. And since this is Medium, that subject is usually writing.
I’m guilty of all the distractions I’ve listed here.
I love television and movies and to binge. Right now, my silent television beckons. I have my favorite series and movies that I watch again and again.
But I can watch them anytime and I only have now to write. Watching television is my leisure time and it should be less than my working time.
So I ignore the past dramas, the phone, and the television and I write and edit and read, again and again.
I want to be able to write for a living, so I need to be ignorant and ignore.
It’s the only way to go.