I was recently reminded by a stand –up comedian of how we are constantly doing mindless activities that distract us from looking inward and listening to what’s going on deep inside. He described it in the simplest way possible by referencing a very common scenario that so many of us find ourselves in on a daily basis.
Have you ever been driving a car without the radio or other distractions and suddenly felt the pull to deny the awkward silence by turning on the radio or scanning your contact list to find someone to call? The need for constant connection is often the struggle. Anything that will remove the awkward silence is better than doing nothing, right? However, I believe that is just a sign of a greater issue.
So many times we use distractions in life like a reusable band-aid. We put it on every time we are faced with the reality of life. Why do you think most people sit in front of the television several hours per day? They use it as an escape from what is really going on.
I believe that silence is the key to growing as a person and moving forward in life. When we are silent, we are open to new possibilities and can make room for something new. When we are silent we clear the clutter in our minds and develop a breeding ground for fresh ideas. God often speaks to us in a still, small voice that requires us to stop doing what we are doing and listen. This requires effort and forces us to make the most difficult decision we will ever make. It demands that we deny ourselves and make a sacrifice.
The hardest part of this decision is that we must remove the trust we place on ourselves and put that trust back in God where it belongs.
What do you allow to distract you from silence?
Here is a short list of the things I often find myself moving towards when silence presents itself.
• Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc…)
What would happen if the next time you had a chance to choose the above; you denied yourself and chose silence?
What would happen if you endured the immediate pain of silence and waited for an answer?
Are you in one of the groups below?
• Business owner
I believe the best way to get a breakthrough in any of these areas is to be silent and wait for the answer.
Force yourself to be open to doing what is not natural. Make a sacrifice of something small now so you can reap the benefits later.
Take 5 minutes in the morning and do absolutely nothing.
Sit with a notepad beside your chair and just wait. I promise you will hear things that can make a huge difference in your life.
What is distracting you?