There is so much noise.
Do you ever get tired of it?
Do you ever just wish it would stop?
There are opinions from all corners of the globe. They run 24 hours a day.
Constant, instant, unsolicited and often discouraging. Anywhere, anytime, about anything.
Oh, there is beneficial and helpful information out there. But, I dare say, I know I open my heart too often to the negative and non-life giving chants of society. And it is anything but helpful!
What can we do to protect ourselves from the noise and chaos?
- Set boundaries.
- Focus on others.
To be quite honest, I struggle with most of these. It is almost impossible to shut out this flow of unending information. But, these are some helpful steps to eliminating the noise pollution in our worlds.
Setting boundaries. This simply means guarding your heart and mind. What do you subscribe to? What groups and people do you follow on social media? Do they uplift and support your values? If not, clean out your pages and feeds. Only allow access into your heart and mind, voices of life and wisdom. You are going to have to replace the negative with the positive.
Unplug. I am terrible at this one. My mother has even pled with me to give it a try. I unplugged the other day for several hours while on vacation. I had to be brave and make the jump at my husband’s insistence. I am way too attached to the constant scrolling and observing and mind numbing. But, I did it and it was wonderful! And, I learned I could make it just fine. I will do it again.
Meditate. We have to make a specific and concentrated effort to stop and listen to Christ. He has instruction and guidance and wisdom we need each day. I struggle to stop and quiet my heart. There are too many times I run through my day hoping to get it right. I too often fly solo without having taken the time regroup and recharge. I run on old information.
Focus on others. When we focus on other people and help them, we don’t have time to feed our souls with junk. When we serve, we are more like Christ. When we give to others, we aren’t searching for false validation from voices that haven’t earned the right to speak into our lives. As we give to others, we will find we need to have something to give away. We have to take away the negative and replace that emptiness with the positive.
Sometimes the opinions and narratives I tell myself create the chaos and noise.
When I have consumed a steady diet of lies or negativity, I retell myself this same stuff. We believe everything we tell ourselves.
A little scary, isn’t it?
I know I am guilty of tearing myself down. I listen to the stream of negativity as a captive audience.
Not the right weight.
Not smart enough.
Not strong enough.
Not good enough.
Not doing enough.
Terrible at homeschooling.
And, if I’m not careful, the list runs on and on. I wouldn’t allow someone else to fill my world, or anyone else’s, with that kind of noise. Why do I sit by and allow it for my own heart?
Honestly, it takes hard work to fight and resist.
It takes following the four steps to bring quiet out of the chaos of our world. Do the hard work. We can’t speak life and peace to our own hearts and minds if we are surrounded with negative images and noise. Otherwise, we won’t make room for the life Christ wants to give.
I need to be mindful of the voices I listen to and allow in my world.
I am so worth it
and so are you!