Silence. It is one of our most underutilized resources. Too often silence is met with the guilty feeling of doing nothing. Inactivity is thought to be a waste of time. We’re told unless we’re multi-tasking we’re not living to our full potential.
As I sit here in my living room I’m attempting silence so I can write. However, being perfectly still I hear the background hum of my refrigerator and the ticking off of seconds from the clock on the wall. Patches of snow are falling as they melt from my awning giving the occasional whooshing sound as they slide down the aluminum. No, silence isn’t here, but it’s as close as I can get at this moment.
Our minds are so often filled with sensory overload I’m surprised more of us don’t go insane. There is almost a constant barrage of noise and clatter attacking us every minute, vying for our attention.
So much of life is missed in the day to day clutter of noise and social media.
I’m on my laptop a lot. Probably too much. The other day I was reading a blog I love to follow by Ann Voskamp. For some reason, my grandson decided that I needed to stop what I was doing and look at his incredible little grin. As my eyes were on the screen he walked up and very gently placed his two chubby little palms on the lid and pushed it down on to the keyboard. We just stared at each other for a minute – he was laughing. Proud of himself for getting my complete attention.
Well, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to step back, throw his head over his right shoulder, push his arms behind him, palms up, like a super hero ready to fly away, and simply spin in circles. He would pause each time he passed in front of me to make sure I was watching and to giggle and spin once again. He kept this up until he was a little too dizzy to stand.
Had I decided to reopen the laptop and try to continue reading my article between glances at my grandson’s antics I wouldn’t have benefited from the full effect of either.
Instead of focusing on what we might be missing in the electronic silence of a moment maybe we should try immersing ourselves in what actually has us engaged. Cut back on the sensory overload and “Uni Task.” Yep, I coined that phrase last October! I don’t know who decided multi-tasking was the benchmark for productive individuals; probably the same person who was named “jack of all trades, master of none.” We don’t need to be militant about uni-tasking but trying to do too much just adds to the already confused state of our minds.
Colosians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…” How can we work at something with our whole heart if we are only giving it a part of our attention? If you are reading, read; get all you can from the material. If you’re playing a game with your family, play hard; give them your complete attention. If you’re working on a project, for Pete’s sake, work! Whatever you’re doing, give it your all.
So what lesson could we learn from my grandson????
Sometimes we need to shut the lap top, put the phone down, turn off the tv and simply enjoy life where we are. Spin. Dance. Laugh. Just don’t get so caught up in our electronic avenues of information and mental clutter that we aren’t engaging in life with the people around us! Focusing on one thing at a time and not allowing ourselves to be distracted with every little thing that tries to steal our attention can actual allow us to live fully and with more purpose. We can begin to enjoy more of our day, and believe it or not, accomplish more.
Agree or disagree? Do you feel multi-tasking is a necessity in our modern age of technology? Let’s talk about it!