READY… “Not merely an absence of noise, Real Silence begins when a reasonable being withdraws from the noise in order to find peace and order in his inner sanctuary.” ~ Peter Minard
AIM… Turn Down For What is the title of a popular song by Lil Jon and DJ Snake that ended up being the 7th best selling track of 2014. With its catchy dance beat and synthesized groove, you can’t help but turn UP the song in your car when it’s on the radio. However, this song title also makes me think about all the “noise” we allow in our lives that inevitably drowns out the things that matter most. All that extra noise causes stress, discontent and anxiety.
So, why should we turn down the outside influences and eliminate all the distractions that capture our attention? Let’s face it, we can all admit there are things in our world that cause us to focus less on our priorities and more on nonsense. Agreed? Need a few examples? 100 extra unsolicited email advertisements, vacation promotions and coupon offers in your inbox; every day. Video games and gaming apps. 200+ cable or satellite TV stations (and still nothing worthwhile to watch.) Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. Google +. Tumblr. Snapchat. Get the idea?
When was the last time you left your phone at home (without feeling naked) and stepped outside to listen to the wind whisper through the leaves in the trees or the birds welcoming spring with their sweet songs? Just that thought, brings a sense of serenity and peace to my soul. So why in the world can’t we turn down the noise? It’s a choice. It’s the new phenomenon called FOMO - fear of missing out. What in the world are we afraid we are going to miss; Sweet Susie’s meatloaf dinner picture or an episode of Modern Family? We must choose to disconnect and turn down or turn off the things that cause us stress and strife, and choose to plug into the means that enable us to feel joy and peace.
Shhhh, listen! It’s the sound of silence. Ahhh…..
FIRE! This week, choose one area where you can turn down the noise in your life. Make a commitment to delete something unnecessary. You will feel relieved and free, guaranteed!