The P.A.

A weekly address from Patrick Adams,
President of St. Louis Community Credit Union

Weapons of Mass Distraction

On January 20th, 2015, posted in: Uncategorized by

distracted golfers“Weapons of mass destruction (WMDs)” was one of the more popular utterances in our recent past. It seemed as though, on an almost daily basis, we would have to navigate through a news story, political commentary, or late-night humorous fodder that included some reference to this category of possible military threat. Today, not so much. 

I must admit that I didn’t lose much sleep during the time for all of this heightened attention. Maybe I should have been a little more attentive to the doomsday preparation that works in conjunction with discussion of WMDs. Oh, well. I was either too stupid or too naïve. In either instance, I slept like a baby. My guess is, so did most people from sea to shining sea.

Now, a much more pervasive attack has been taking place in most households across our great land, one that does cause sleepless nights and restless days. Forget the threat — it’s here, and it is real. Our great country is being attacked daily by “weapons of mass distraction.” (See what I did there?) I’d like to take credit for such a clever play on words, but I heard the phrase spun by my Pastor Jeff. So at least from where I sit, he gets the credit.

We are so busy and so distracted by so many things. Folks have trouble sleeping because they can’t turn off their minds. We’ve all been there. It’s bedtime, and our body feels the day’s labor, but our mind is still racing about like hamster on a wheel. Thoughts are like kernels in a popcorn popper. Rest and relaxation seem to be the only things we’re not thinking about. UGH!

How do we cast aside the lesser things? How do we gain focus? I’m looking for these answers as well. We’ve got to get to what really matters. Somebody wrote a book about it: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.  Sadly, I didn’t have time to read it — I was too distracted doing other things.

2015 seems like a good year to attempt to focus on what really matters. For me, it is faith, family and serving our community through the staff and vision of St. Louis Community Credit Union. Diffused thoughts are like diffused light — predominantly ineffective, and you squint to identify what’s lurking in the shadows.

Make this year about focus. Remember how a magnifying glass that captures the sun’s rays can redirect the sweeping light into a singular powerful ray? That should be us in 2015 — focused on what really matters. Imagine how powerful we could be if we redefined our focus on the important things.

Sweet dreams.

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