Lately I have been trying to do without things in my life that I have become accustomed to having and which have been part of my busy life for decades. As I get older however something seems to be happening that I was not expecting….imagine that!
I have always been a person that enjoys having stuff on….my radio, TV, stereo, laptop, iPhone. Often all at the same time if possible. Not sure why, but a couple of months ago, I started turning stuff off…not everything all at once, but here and there and from time to time. Somehow I have found that I don’t miss it all as much as I thought I would. As it turns out, turning off the noise has been a blessing and has allowed me to simplify my life.
I wondered about what was happening to me. I still enjoyed my music, my sports talk radio, my Food Network shows, etc, but found that all that noise kind of deadened me to other things going on around me calling for my attention and thoughts.
I have found that turning stuff off has been a blessing in many ways that I was not expecting. Most of all, I have felt that I have been able to hear and discern that still small voice of my Creator which most often is heard in stillness and silence.
Most of you probably are way ahead of me on this. But I also know many who like me, the noise has become so much apart of our lives, that we don’t even realize how much it has drowned out many other important sounds that can only be heard when we turn it all off.
Take a few days and just try it…what you may hear instead might amaze you!
Our 2013 Chick-fil-A Leadercast is about learning how to simplify your life in order to strengthen your leadership. Hope to see all of you there!