Attention Deficit Disorder isn’t a disability. We all seem to have it in one way or another on one day or another. And, ADD is a relative measurement just like any categorization. Who is to say an attention span of X amount of time is a disability?
For some, shorter attention spans work really well provided the environment. Let’s look at Wall Street. There are a lot of deals being made in that district and city, so their attention can’t linger on just one deal if the business model is built on volume rather than quality. Other realms of life are built on longer states of focus that take much more time and attention to finish a project. Though, both aspects (short and long focuses) have a little bit of the other within them. Even the longer projects have little bits that eventually add up to the end project goal, and the shorter projects each play a role to create a longer end result. Both need each other just like how individual humans make up a collective humanity and the collective humanity wouldn’t exist without the individuals. One isn’t better than the other, because they’re both really one in the same. The same thing can be seen with shorter and longer attention spans.
There are many ways to show how attention and focus is a matter of perception. Even though the eyes may shift, body language changes, and thought patterns fluctuate from one focal point to another, this doesn’t necessarily have to connote attention deficit disorder.
The deficit is only a matter of ego by the observer.
They simply want someone else’s attention to be held on their preferred focal point for their preferred amount of time. Since a student sitting in class can’t keep their eyes on the professor, the professor labels their attention based on this egoic preference. What the professor isn’t considering is that the student might actually still be paying attention but doesn’t need to give the professor all five senses in order to understand what they’re professing. And, if the student doesn’t actually understand the material, then maybe they aren’t supposed to be in that classroom for that material in the first place. But, our academic system (and others) don’t allow for such options to not attend school or at least choose to learn about what interests them. It’s all about what the school and parents want rather than what the students want.
Do people ever consider passion when labeling ADD? I sometimes get ADD when I’m engaged in something that isn’t so fulfilling in the moment, so my attention deviates from that focal point. On the flip side, I can be so passionate about something that my attention wants to absorb so much information, where it can’t handle such a load. So, I can only pick up little bits of everything. These are both ends of the passion spectrum that causes ADD and shows how it’s a relative perspective.
From what I’ve been seeing, a shorter attention span means two things; we’re moving into a new paradigm within our particular life, and we’re upgrading our conscious operating system.
We could look at our “shorter” attention span like we’re broken, but it’s not totally the case. This transition into a new paradigm can feel like one of angst, fear, and lack of control, which is why we seem to not hold a focus on the same things as before. It can make us feel broken, because we can’t seem to “commit” to a subject and be with it for the hours, days, weeks, or months as we used to. The reality may be that the attention span required to understand and accomplish the desired goal for that subject doesn’t need the same sort of time and focus. This is the process for the upgrade if we choose to move into that upgrade. Otherwise, the attention span will stay in that form, cycling around until the upgrade and responsibilities connected to it are accepted. It can be hard decision, but it’s what’s necessary when upgrading our operating system.
We’re moving into a new state of consciousness. Focal points are being bottlenecked such that the same conscious container isn’t suitable any longer. Before, these varying focal points of life might have felt like “worlds apart” during the time of focus, but they don’t have to be. We just need to view our consciousness in a different dimensional frame. These aspects of life that we seem to currently weave in and out from aren’t so far apart that need heavy loads of focus, and take tons of energy in traversing between them. Now, these “vast” worlds of life are next-door neighbors.
It would be analogous to being a kid growing up in a neighborhood. It felt like a whole Universe in itself until we started seeing beyond that scope of life. Then, the next neighborhood seemed like a whole other parallel Universe until we started to see beyond that as well. These “Universes” can now be understood in a more connected way rather than seeing them so separately. The conscious container had to be upgraded in order to encompass such vast scopes of information. Without that upgrade, the conscious bubble would collapse in on itself by not being able to handle the spiritual weight.
This, to me, is what ADD really means. We’re simply at a point of transition from old to new paradigms. It can be used as an indicator of this process, but not a lot of us are actually using it for such reasons. Instead, we’re prescribed pharmaceutical medication to snap the focus back into a state of being either the rest of the community has or on something in life we don’t truly feel like giving such attention to. I believe people could spiritually and consciously excel their capabilities if this was more understood about attention spans. If we can learn to accept and work with these fluctuating attentions spans (that we all deal with), we would be flowing more with our Soul’s path in what we need to experience in life and with the particular kind of attention we have with it…
After dealing with many divisions in life ranging from neighborly conflicts to religious and philosophical conflicts, reconciling them is my mission. These divisions can cause many mixed feelings that take longer to remedy and ultimately longer to achieve our unique purposes. My passion is assisting in spiritual evolution while being in the midst of our daily life circumstances...