The Great Punchline…sorta

…It’s the punchline of so many jokes…

…A lame excuse for misbehavior, goof-ups or absent-minded moments…

…It’s rarely taken seriously, unless it’s your child and he’s out of control…

…It’s considered a weakness.  I, myself have scoffed at it.  Maybe you have too.

I’ve used it often – as a punchline.  So have other comedians I know.

I’ve often said that if it had been around when I was a kid, I’m sure I would have been diagnosed with it.  But then – it seems everyone has it – so stop making excuses!

Attention Deficit Disorder.   A.D.D.

I have been floundering seetimthumb.phpmingly directionless for the past three years.  Three years ago I lost all the structure to my life.  I had thrived in a creative job that was rigidly and intimately tied to a clock – the clock dictated what would or would not be accomplished.  Those three hours (exactly) were followed by standard duties that were routine, and yet, let me get creative within that routine…the perfect scenario for someone like me.

I just didn’t know how much structure played into my success – until I lost the structure.  And I seem to wander from incomplete task to incomplete task.

Ah – it’s just my A.D.D.… (rimshot) … but seriously.

I recently made a new friend at one of the twice-monthly men’s breakfasts I attend.  And other than being an enthusiastic, energetic, man of great faith – I knew little about him.  So I visited his office last week – and I was taken aback.

His meeting table was askew with papers seemingly having no organization to them.  All around the room were dry-marker whiteboards on easels, with all kinds of notes on them in multi-colored ink.  It was a sort of “information fort.”  Added to all that – visual artifacts, each with significant meaning behind it… and I quickly realized I was in the presence of a kindred spirit.

I had to know.  “You must be a visual learner.”  I surmised.  It was more than that.  He has ADD.  And we began comparing notes on how we receive and process information.  Oh my.  Then he showed me his little pill bottle…. Low dose Ritalin.

Mind you – he’s not twelve.  He’s a war veteran, and was a high ranking executive in a major church organization for many years.  He’s not lazy, incompetent or crazy.  He’s got it under control.

I don’t.  Can you relate?

He recommended a book, which should arrive on our doorstep today.  I couldn’t wait that long.  I started googling the topic.  I found an article by the same author with tips on how to manage adult ADD.  The first page is an overview about Hope.  Because Hope is the one thing that most needs to be rebuilt.

Boy, don’t I know it.  This is the first ray of hope I’ve had in a while – that I can re-organize my life and become productive again.

I have talents and abilities – I have so much to offer – but right now they’re all playing a lively game of dodgeball in my brain.

Does all this sound familiar to you?  I can’t wait to do something about it.

A.D.D. – the great punchline… But for right now, until I get it under control… it’s not very funny.


6 thoughts on “The Great Punchline…sorta

  1. Sensory overload- I know it well. (((((Denny)))))))
    Once the adrenal glands start puming too many chemicals, it’s difficult to slow down the galloping horses. After all – they are all running in a spider web of different directions and each one has a GOOD idea.
    Creative people often times start the race by having self doubt. This gun shot starts the race.
    I have never been diagnosed A.D.D. , but am certain in this world of today many of us could be.
    Draw in- think on good things. Discipling yourself to try painting – it is theraputic learning to sit still and watch paint dry- before you add more to the picture.

  2. Good for you, Denny. Sometimes I think I have a little of that too – yes, unstructured does not equal productivity! Nothing like a deadline looming to get things done!

    1. Thanks Trudi – I haven’t been officially diagnosed but boy, sure would let a lot of things start to make sense. I’ve read almost the whole book since Thurs. I so badly want to get on with things!

  3. Miss hearing you on the radio here in central NY. Always enjoyed your antics & the many characters you had.

    I can relate to this, since it runs in our family. Start a project, then start another before finishing the last one. You mentioned a book that your new friend recommended. What’s the name of it?

    1. Not sure if you got this – so here it is again:
      It’s called “Driven to Distraction,” by Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey. I read it in 4 days (I was highly motivated!)
      We’ve now ordered their “sequel” – Deliverance from Distraction.” The first book really hones in on what’s going on, but only gives an overview of what to do about it. I’m hoping “Deliverance” does what it says!
      I also have a book called, “ADD-friendly Ways to Organize Your Life” by Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau. It has practical ways of dealing with everyday things – from the perspective that “normal organizing doesn’t work for ADD – or they’d already be organized!” (my words).

      Hope these help – and thank you for the encouragement!
      with joy,

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