31 Days:: Minimizing the Static
Day 22: Minimizing the Static
I’m very particular about what I expose myself to. I’ve got a busy brain that never stops running and, over the past few years, I’ve noticed that I’m super sensitive to what goes in.
For example, if an annoying song gets into my subconscious I am screwed. For, like, literally days. It will play tortuously in there and I’ll hear myself unwillingly singing it while I’m cleaning the kitchen or on a walk. My kids will look at me with wonder and say “I thought you hated that song?!?” I do. Ugh.
Or if a disturbing image gets lodged in there— either a still shot from a photo or a scene from a movie or even something my own imagination conjured up because of something I heard or read about— it just sort of cements itself in my mind’s eye. Depending on how bothered I am, it may take months before that image stops plaguing me.
We don’t have TV in the house— only movies. But even then: it is extremely rare that I will sit down and watch them.
I don’t watch or read the news, so I typically only hear out about newsy things through the grapevine.
After a four-year hiatus from Facebook, I currently only “follow” a handful of friends and only a few groups on Facebook— everybody else is “unfollowed” for the time being. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet figured out how to simultaneously live my own life well and know so much about what’s going on in so many other people’s lives.
Call me weak, but that’s my reality. I just can’t handle that much mental noise.
So when I want to catch up with a particular friend or relative, I’m pretty old school. I will either arrange to see them in person, call them on the phone, text them, or shoot them an email.
Yes, I often feel like I’m missing out. And of course I miss lots of events and news that “everyone else” knows about due to my lack of engagement in media and social media. But I have found that, at least in this season of my life, this is what I need to do to stay focused on my “best yes” assignments. I know from past experience that if I try to keep up on the news and on everybody else’s life, I get too much swirling around in my head and heart and then I am unable to focus on my own life— my kids, my husband, my housework, my calling, my walk with God. So when I do select something to view or something to read or music to listen to, I am usually extremely prayerful and picky about what it is.
Perhaps I am overly-sensitive. Or perhaps it’s because I am so anal about what I choose to put in me that I’ve created a monster in myself. I don’t know. All I know is that when I do put something in me, it really consumes my thoughts.
So, for my own personal survival, I must minimize the static. I limit my media input; I get finicky about what songs or stations I listen to; I am super thoughtful about what books or blogs or websites I read; and I don’t engage in social media much.
I’m working on it. Trying to find the balance. Always, always, always trying to find the balance…
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What about you?
Does the busyness of this modern technological age become problematic for you? If so, what habits or boundaries have you set up for yourself to help quiet it all?
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