Information Overload (Leg Day)

Twelve Pax, took the Daily Red Pill (DRP) this morning and got better because of it.

The Pax: Squirrel, Flying Tomato, Samsonite, Barry, Meat Sweats, T-Bone, Beano, Bow Tie, Snake, Scout, Magic and Dockers!

The Scene: It’s starting to get a bit Nipply, I mean Nippy out in the Gloom.

The Thang:  

Round 1

  • Squats                         40
  • Lunges                        40
  • 4 count Squat pulse   40
  • People’s Chair            1 minute

 

Mosey to the Fire Dept. and perform Round 2.

Round 2 – same as Round 1 but 30 of each

Move back to the courts, then to the Police Dept to perform the next round

Round 3 – same as Round 1 but 20 of each. We only did Squats & Lunges at the Police dept.  As we moved back toward the basketball courts we stopped at the Hospice care for some Monkey Humpers.

Back to the playground – Belly Aiken Abs

  • The 100
  • 10 Xs & Os
  • 20 WWII Situps
  • 30 Heels to Heaven In cadence

Prayer Requests: Continued prayers for Josey and his family, FroYo and his 2.0 Magnolia as she recovers, and traveling mercies for Magic and his M as they drive to Texas and on to Guatemala for the next round of mission work.  

 

MOLESKINE:  Information Overload

Bombarded, is a word I’ve heard a lot within the past few years.  From breakfast to bedtime we are bombarded with information: fake news, real news, advertising, Facebook, Twitter, GroupMe, email, texts, etc.  Then there is normal everyday stuff; traffic at the circle, work, kids, conversations, nature.  It gives us a lot to think about.  Yep, I’d say most of us can relate to this.  Information can be a good thing.  It’s when we don’t regulate what we take in that it becomes overwhelming.

Is it any wonder that so many people feel overwhelmed and preoccupied?  The busy “monkey mind” (not howling monkeys) takes over.  For me, my attention spans seem to be getting shorter when I allow myself to be pulled in too many directions.  This pull feeds worry, anxiety, restlessness, FOMO, and obsessive thinking. It’s all connected; our minds, our bodies, our souls.  Allowing all this input in can lead to heart issues, high blood pressure, tummy grumbling.  All these have been amplified by the stress and worry of the Information Age.

What we take in impacts our well-being.  Crap in-Crap out.  It also clouds judgement.  How?  For me, it dulls my ability to begin new ideas.  Like static on an AM radio, the bombardment by information drowns out my soul’s music.    

Before we get bogged down in the Information Age’s trap of bending to society’s demands, FOMO or having to be in the know, let’s watch out that we don’t lose touch with our own soul.  Here are some ways that have been (when I remember them) good for me:

  • Controlling information input!   Limiting my exposure to media.  Putting the phone down two hours (or longer) before bed.  Hell, put it in your car – just don’t have it.  Afraid the kids or parents or friends couldn’t get ahold of you?  We are all old enough to remember a time when you didn’t get ahold of people at the snap of a finger.  It can wait!
  • Pay attention to how you feel when you are receiving information, news or advertising. Trust your gut feelings.
  • Shift your mind and shut down the busy “monkey mind.” Meditation, prayer or a stroll in nature…just to walk…no agenda’s
  • Get lost in your hobby.   Give the linear thinking “left brain” a rest.
  • Spend time outside.  Lots of studies out there that show the goodness of “green space.”  Outdoor exercise, hikes/walks, just time spent in nature help restore the body, mind and spirit.

I think many of us have become information addicts and changing that habit (like not picking up the smart phone) ain’t gonna be easy.    Step one “admitting we are powerless over Information and that are lives have become unmanageable.”* 

Thank God most of us “believe in a power greater than ourselves to restore us to sanity.”**

Aye!

 

* Kinda stolen from AA

** Again, borrowed from AA

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