Posted on July 11, 2016
The world has definitely changed since the 70’s. Our lives have progressively gotten busier and infiltrated with so much noise. By noise, I mean the busyness of life around us. Everywhere we turn, there is something to do, someone needing our attention and some place we need to be. How do we keep our own life balanced through all of the noise? Do you feel like life is a never ending stream of obligations? How do we step away from the fast track, slow down, and really begin to enjoy what we have?
When I do watch t.v. I enjoy watching the old re-runs of Andy Griffith and I marvel at how life was portrayed back then. Knowing what we know now, could we be happy with a Mayberry lifestyle and did it really exist? Growing up in the Midwest in the 70’s, families sat down to dinner together while conversations took place and meaningful relationships were nurtured and created. Flash forward to 2016 and we see men, women and children all going in different directions.
What can we do to slow life down, not lose sight of what is important and cut out some of the noise?
There are those things that only you can do and that’s a given. Then there are those things that we can pass off to another reliable source- we just have to learn how to let go. By letting go it opens the door to allow us space to enjoy our lives and do some of the things we put on the shelf. With so much day-to-day activities, we start to lose sight of what is important in our lives. One important key is to not over extend ourselves and beware of the distractions just waiting to enter in. This past week I experienced a big distraction. My mom had a mammogram and it came back showing something was going on. Of course, the natural reactions are to go to the negative and think the worse possible situation. Tensions where high and the “what ifs” entered our minds and conversations. I realized what we were talking about created additional stress for the both of us. Our priorities changed as well as our conversation about what was going on with her health. Thank the Lord her biopsy came back benign but in those 2 days we waited for the results our lives went off course. This is an example of life stepping in and altering our course. I believe we managed well in those few days and we did our best to keep priorities in front of us and kept the noise down.
Each of us have 24 hours in a day. It’s so easy to get distracted by the noise around us causing our work/life balance to become unbalanced. Try not to allow unimportant details to drag you down. Here are a few quick tips to help you keep the noise down:
- Start early and do the tasks first. Make sure they are workable and obtainable. Do one thing at a time. Simplify if you can. DELEGATE (I love this one)
- Set aside time for recreation and family.
- Stick to your calendar and do not let the “extra’s” have place in the day.
- Pick a time to end the workday and stick to it.
- Plan and organize the next day’s tasks and appointments. Sometimes it helps to do the planning the day before. Write things on your calendar and keep it visually close.
The important take away from this post is to enjoy your life the best way possible while eliminating and containing the noise of life. Try to do one thing a day that makes or brings joy to you. The possibilities are endless. As we start to live more in alignment with filtering out the noise of life, we will start to experience more fulfillment and begin to see our lives grow and enrich.