Monday was my AADD (Adult Attention Deficit Disorder) Day. I generally have 2-3 a month where I simply cannot focus on what needs to be accomplished that morning, mostly writing and/or research. For the longest time I cursed AADD Days because I felt as though time was being wasted. However, I discovered, last night I actually learn a variety of things, and discover so much on these days because I am flitting back and forth from one thing to another.
For instance, my dear friend, Jeffrey Carter, whom I admire greatly for his wealth of knowledge on many, many varying subjects, offered a new word in his Sunday evening blog post: “In fact, as a script and a vehicle, it’s pretty vapid.” By evening’s lessons, I’d already found an opportunity to use it in a sentence which was followed by a question from my student: “What does vapid mean?” I directed him to my computer where he Googled the new word, just as I had done earlier.
By day’s end, a young college friend, cellist Brendan Rasor introduced me to a major work, and composer with which I was not familiar. This morning I’ve read a little on Maurice Durufle and have enjoyed listening to his REQUIEM this morning as I prepare my day.
So, while the AADD days may seem frustrating due to lack of progress in writing, they do not pass by, completely wasted.