We live in the information world. Information is addictive. And it’s very hard to break the addiction. We are programmed and brainwashed to believe that if we don’t stay ahead of the curve, we’ll be left behind.
While that’s certainly true for some things, it’s not true for everything. We really need to be more vigilant about what we listen to, watch and do.
It’s vital to know what is important and what is not.
I was at a retreat recently and the retreat leader’s website and email went down about two weeks before. He told us how busy he was prior to the system crash, what with emails and all. And then he found out that life went on without all of it. He eventually was able to get his email up and running and put a message on it saying: “If you need to contact me, please call xxx-xxx-xxxx.” By doing that, he eliminated so many hours of email a day from his life.
Of course, not many of us can do that. But we all have things we can cut out. Things we really do not have to be doing at that moment, allowing us to slow down for the moment.
So what is it for you? What have you eliminated (or what can you eliminate) to help you become less addicted to the stimuli that surrounds you?
I’d love to hear from you.