"the diversion of attention of an individual or group from the chosen object of attention onto the source of distraction. Distraction is caused by one of the following: lack of ability to pay attention; lack of interest in the object of attention; greater interest in something other than the object of attention; or the great intensity, novelty or attractiveness of something other than the object of attention."This weekend was the end of the semester, and was filled to the brim with papers to grade, and student phone calls and e-mails to field and answer. [Why is it when students read the phrase "The deadline is X. No exceptions!" at least three or four of them always conclude that certainly an exception will be made for them].
So my "object of attention" was suppose to be grading, in which, unfortunately I had a considerable lack of interest, and the world outside brilliant with snow provided an object of much greater intensity and attractiveness.
brilliant frozen hill,
branches shimmering silver,
enticing the mind.
Monday December 15, 2008
One Single Impression: Prompt 42: Distractions#links