This week, I’ve actively unsubscribed from email lists. The trend started because we moved. North Carolina Groupon deals will do me little good in Virginia. Instead of changing the location, I opted to unsubscribe. Once the trend started, I couldn’t stop. I’ve unsubscribed to most of the marketing emails that I’ve received over the past few weeks. The ones that I’ve continued to subscribe to, I see value in.
I’ve started to think a lot this month, as I said goodbye to friends and packed the last pieces of our house up for our move, that there is a lot of noise in the world. And that noise is just a distraction from the things that really matter.
These thoughts are spurred both from moving and from losing a relative that I loved very much recently. With this particular relative, because of a mixture of things that really boil down to ease and selfishness, I often chose to embrace the noise around me instead of carving out time to call and check in, or to visit.
It’s easy to get caught up in the noise. It’s easy to use the noise as an excuse. But in reality, it’s just noise.
As we start this new phase of life, I’ve been making strides to reduce the noise around me and to lean into the things that make music. Noise and music can be different things to different people, but I am trying to cut down on the things that are noise or can become noise if they aren’t taken in smaller doses.
Things I let become noise:
- Marketing emails
- Working through lunch
- The radio
- Game Phone Apps – My current favorite is Two Dots. It’s addictive.
- TV shows – This one is all about moderation.
- Checking my email on my phone – I removed the icon and still find myself reflexively looking for it.
- Online window shopping.
Things that make music in my life:
- Healthy relationships – Catching up with a friend, spending time with my husband, calling a relative to say hello, and spending time with God.
- Discovering – Reading a book; learning something new through an online class, blog or podcast; road trips.
- Creating – Creating a new recipe. My most recent success was gluten-free pumpkin cobbler. YUM! It is always a good day when I get to make something, food or otherwise.
- Going outside – Even if it is just to read on my lunch break, being outside always brightens my day. Also, the sky is generally one of my favorite things to watch.
I think as Christians we are called to evaluate our lives and make sure that we are leaning in to the things that God has called us to and the gifts that God has given us to enjoy. But also, that we don’t lose God, or the people and places that he has called us to, in the noise.
What things in your life are noise and what things make music? How often do you sacrifice music for noise?