Distractions are everywhere. Usually we don’t see the distractions because we are too distracted to notice. I recently read that the average person is bombarded with hundreds if not thousands of advertisements per day. That’s astonishing. I was trying to figure out why I couldn’t get my mind of toaster streusels the other day, I think I found my answer. A couple of weeks ago, I was leisurely laying in bed catching up on The Following on my DVR. I don’t watch much TV, but I am hooked on The Following. As Jamie began asking me a few questions from the other room, I realized that no matter how much I attempted, I could not focus on our conversation. Unfortunately, the remote was on the other side of the room, so a quick “pause” was not an option. Understanding, that much of this was happening subconsciously, I tried to “muscle through”, much to Jamie’s dismay. It quickly became obvious that I was not paying attention to her and she was rightfully upset.
With all the noise being thrown at us, it is a wonder we can focus on anything.
As human beings, we were made to create. The noise we consume is just the fuel to create.
The headline is that I am sometimes overwhelmed by the noise. Sometimes the noise is a loud radio, TV on, phone ringing, and kids fighting all at once. Sometimes, it’s less subtle and builds up after a few days of content, commercials, billboards, and conversations. I find myself unable to focus on a simple conversation with the most important person in the world to me. Does anyone believe that the growing noise in our world is going to begin to recede? Is there a chance that the world will realize that we are all reaching a saturation point? Is there going to be a point were a quick run or an hour of mediation won’t quiet the noise. I don’t think most of us are at risk of media induced schizophrenia, but I do sense Steven Pressefields infamous resistance finding new ways to attack the work the world needs from us. Someday, the noise won’t stop. It’s up to us to get ahead of that today. As you seek your awesomeness, be intentional about the noise you let in. The obvious stuff like TV is a starting point, but remember that the good stuff (this blog included), is noise when consumed in abundance. Don’t just be intentional about limiting the noise coming in, be intentional about welcoming the silence. Find the mute button on life and clear your head. It has starting to work for me. It will work for you.