But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give an account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
Matthew 12: 36-37
“Empathy as well as deep thought, depend on neural processes that are inherently slow – the very ones our high-speed lives have little time for.”
Finding time to write a blog each week is difficult. I am usually too busy communicating.
Thanks to technological advances, (I own an iphone) the sheer number of words I communicate each day- not to mention the number of people I communicate with -has increased exponentially. I think that’s why I find myself increasingly frazzled at the end of a work day with entirely too many loose ends to tie up. I get up earlier and stay up later to get my work done but perhaps it not because my job as a whole has gotten bigger; I am simply too busy communicating to get it done.
The more I communicate, the less effective I am at conveying what I really want to say.
AND by the sheer volume of both words and recipients, I am bound to be misunderstood by someone or say something insensitive, causing even more issues to communicate about. Oh how easy it is to fire off an email or text especially when tired or emotional! Yet when we over-communicate, we actually have less to say. How often do you find yourself communicating about what you communicated- or intended to communicate in the first place?
A sweet friend sent me a link to the following article: The Joy of Quiet by Pico Iyer. I encourage you to take time to read it this week. Pico Iyer’s essay has caused me to stop and seriously ponder how to restore “the joy of quiet” to the workplace and home. Machines have definitely made our lives better and quicker but as the author stated, “the paradox is that they cannot teach us how to make the best use of them. ”
I long to gain back fully the ability to focus- really focus on what matters most and to replace needless communications with prayer and contemplation. I desire my mind to be at rest and to wake up in the middle of the night, not with the voices of people whirling in my mind, but with the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit filling me with thoughts from above.
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