I’ve been watching entirely too much television.
When I was in college I didn’t watch television. I’ve also been on social media too much. That takes time away from reading, writing and working on my business. If you looked at our house you’d notice too that it has gone to pot as well.
I’m not binding any of this on you. I know myself pretty well, and when I start letting myself and others down I can tell pretty quickly what needs to change.
Many of these thoughts have come out of losing my friend and father-in-law, and others have come out of my relationship with God and my reading of 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People. There’s no two ways about life being hard, and what am I fond of saying? You eat an elephant one bite at a time. Your production protocol may be different than mine, but when I consume too much media I am less productive. And it’s harder now than it used to be because the distractions are even more numerous than they were 20 years ago. I can’t help but think that maybe my clinical depression is worse because of the media I’ve consumed since graduating college. It hasn’t helped it. Again, I’m not binding this on you. If this connects with you so be it, but I’m not commanding you to cut out your media consumption.
The number of talking heads in a person’s life is overwhelming. There’s been distractions since Eve allowed Satan to deceive her. There will continue to be distractions that lure us away from what we need to be doing. Downtime is important, and I’m not saying we need to embrace guilt when we do nothing. Far from it. There are essential times when doing nothing is just what needs to happen. We intentionally do that every summer when we go to the beach for a week.
Ultimately this boils down individually to every person. I know what my calling is. I know what my primary and secondary calling communicate to me. When I feel out of kilter I’m thankful for these times when I’m made aware that my life is unbalanced and out of focus. Getting back to a balanced and focus life is vitally important.
Some days are better than others, but so long I keep putting one foot in front of the other then I’m confident the good will outweigh the bad.