My Addiction

Posted: October 2, 2007 in Daily Blog

Addictions come in many forms and fashions.

While we were in North Dallas one of the things that really stood out to us was the difference in the pace of life. There are so many things to do, and so much to get done, that if you are not buried in work, you are playing really hard! It is a go, go, go place and it was hard getting used to, not that we are super slow or laid back, but compared to some of the lifestyles there we were boring by comparison! Moving back from Dallas was strange because we were there long enough that I absorbed some of the pace change. So now, back in Colorado Springs, I find myself feeling restrained by the slower pace and fewer things needing to be done here!

This morning I was reminded of one of my addictions.

When I get ready in the morning I love to watch the local news, and the first part of Good Morning America. But we spent the first night in our newly moved into house, and we have no TV reception! The cable guy is coming this morning, but until then it is really quiet. (This blog will be late too, because we have no internet yet!)

These two things, the Dallas pace and the morning news, may seem completely unrelated, but check this out… We fill our life with activities. We fill our lives with background noise. Even this morning because there was no TV I found a radio and listened to music! We increase our tolerance of busyness until we are frantically going from one thing to another. I cant tell you how many parents I know feel like all they do is taxi kids from one sporting or hobby event to another! Every sport it seems is offered year round now so we never need to break from it! How much business is too much?

When we have to have stuff playing in the background because we are information junkies (me), or we have to have every minute of our day planned to make sure it all fits in, and our kids have to have a PDA to keep up with their activities, I think “addiction” is a good term for it! If we cannot sit still for 30 minutes a day without chasing a million mental rabbits, our minds are addicted to input. It may be sports, it may be phone conversations, it may be television, it may music, but non the less, if it occupies our minds to the point of distraction, it is not good.

What activity are you addicted to?

When was the last time you purposefully sat quietly? When was the last time you thought about your life intentionally and without distraction? When was the last time you sat and enjoyed the beauty of nature? When was the last time you walked across the room to shut something off just to sit in peace and quiet, and listen? What if the one thing that your heart is so longing to hear, that word that deep down your spirit desires, can only be heard in the still, soft, quiet peace that comes when no distractions can crowd it out? Don’t miss it! Limit the distractions in your life, and take time to listen, from one addict to another, you will be glad you did!


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