It’s day 5 sans social media, and this is definitely more difficult than I anticipated. It was just a mere 6 hours into my fast that I mindlessly went to my phone to scroll the feeds of Facebook, while my friend used the restroom on our lunch date. Thankfully there was not an app there for me to scroll and I was quickly reminded of my commitment.
It opened my eyes to how many activities I mindlessly participate in.
Let’s take driving for instance. On my trade route, often times I’m on auto pilot. My mind is somewhere else as the quiet time allows me to drift off into the ponderings of the world. Or at least, the ponderings of my world.
Another mindless activity I regularly engage in has to do with the conversations I have in my head . There is always noise going on and sometimes it’s light, easy listening, but lately it’s been playing the screamo station.
My mind has been playing screamo music!
I read a report published by the Business Insider that said people who tend to be harder on themselves are generally more successful. Success is a subjective term.
Someone told me this week that he is on a “three zero one” eating plan. He further explained that he eats three times a day, with zero snacks in between, one day at a time. Interesting. I thought I’d give that a try. Before I knew it, I was mindlessly snacking on some crackers that crossed my path. (Well technically, the crackers didn’t cross my path. I was walking past a table where they laid lifelessly, yet still screaming my name.)
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:5
The Bible commands us to take captive every thought. Every thought. Just that thought is enough to exhaust me. This command leaves no place for mindlessness.
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8
It is possible to think about such things, if we choose to think about such things.
One way I overcome mindless activities is to focus on the positive things I experience around me. The world in inundated with tragedy and destruction, but when we just look at the blessings around us, it makes it much easier to be in control of our thoughts. I like to write down things I’m grateful for, or send a note card to someone to say thanks for something they’ve done or just smile as I go about my day to day business.
Yes, I intentionally just smile.
It’s been a busy few days. I miss Facebook, but fasting social media is helping me to be present where I am, eliminating the mindless activities.
What kind of mindless things are you engaging in? What step will you take today to change that? I’d love to hear your feedback!