We are not made to process the amount of information that we're exposed to each day.
Never before has this happened in history, where at the touch of your fingertips is the answer – several answers, in fact – to any question that may cross your mind.
Never before have we had real-time updates to what is happening across the world with a link to donate and buy a t-shirt and join an activist group.
Never before have we been expected to DO SOMETHING about EVERYTHING until we are so paralyzed that we do NOTHING but distract ourselves with shallow entertainment and food and drugs and booze and anything at all to just distract ourselves from the pain of living in a fallen world.
That's not the way it's supposed to be.
Or… maybe it is, and we just haven't caught up yet. All I know is that all this information is making a lot of us both really crazy and really paralyzed.
You have a purpose, and you should certainly do something about that. But I know how hard it can be when your mind is so cluttered with everything that you just shut down.
I don't know the solution to this problem. But I do know of a few quick fixes that can help you feel better, really soon, and hopefully get some clarity about what to do next.
You can take a media fast. What are you scared of? That there will be some emergency election you won't be informed enough to take part in? That humanity will suffer because you're not available to comment on something? Turn off your phone, your computer, your TV and even the radio and experience silence and the hum of real life happening for awhile. It will be okay. Glorious, even.
You can create something. Do it without looking at how others have created a similar something and second guessing your ability to measure up and just do it. It doesn't have to go anywhere else. It will be okay. Inspiring, even.
You can have a conversation. You don't have to look up the answers to questions that arise on your smartphone – you can just ponder them together and form ideas together or just take pleasure in the company of someone you love.
You can be still. Despite mountains of cultural evidence to the contrary, you were not made to produce, perform, and achieve. It's 125% okay and wonderful to simply stop, ponder, and marvel at the fact that you are experiencing reality and that it goes on and on and on regardless of what you accomplish. That might seem scary, or it might seem comforting. Either way, it's a good idea.
Normally I would insert a request to share or tweet or comment on this post if you liked it, but that seems a little hypocritical in light of the topic, here, doesn't it? #bloggerproblems Do what you're moved to do. I love you no matter what.