All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
Look around and tell me what you see. Chances are you see people….people plugged into some sort of technology. And that includes yourself since you’re reading this on a computer, tablet or phone.
We’re a plugged in society. The sad fact is we’re never alone. And, the thought of being alone with ourselves scares the bejeezes out of some of us.
Texting, Talking, Pinteresting, Facebooking, Tweeting, Instagramming, Blogging, YouTubing…..there’s never a moment when we don’t have the option of connecting with someone. Even if it’s people we hardly know.
We are bombarded with external messages every day. So much so that when it’s completely quiet, we’re oddly uncomfortable. When was the last time you sat quietly in a room and didn’t look at your phone or computer….or sent a text….or checked your email…or played Words With Friends… or posted a status?
It’s almost impossible.
When our lives revolve around technology, the world comes at us at breakneck speed. It overwhelms us. And the more time we spend *communicating,* the less time we have for quality time with ourselves. When everything is public, there’s less time for the private that allows us a chance to refuel and refresh. The insessant messages of our culture invade our minds and we become nothing more than mouthpieces for whatever is considered popular opinion based on the latest online thread, reality show, movie or video game.
The sad truth is the machines that have enriched our lives so much have failed in teaching us how to make the best decisions on how to use them.
Don’t be afraid to go off the grid from time to time. Read a compelling book. Listen to a piece of beautiful music. Go for a walk in nature. Have an (OMG!) actual face-to-face conversation with someone about a relevant issue. Spend some quiet time to get reacquainted with the real you and your God.
Sometimes the messages we need most don’t come in the form of words.
You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. ~1 Peter 3:4