Remember the old Depeche Mode Song, “Enjoy the Silence”? I do. I loved it growing up. I’ve recently recalled the lyrics and found a parallel between them and a lesson I’m in the midst of learning.
Words like violence.
Break the silence .
Come crashing in, into my little world…
This is not necessarily a new concept for me.
Long before 24 hr news, internet, Facebook, smart phones and all other things social media, I spent my free time writing in my journal, taking walks and listening to my inner thoughts . I was in tune with my natural self and felt at peace.
That was many, many years ago.
Fast forward to just a few months ago…
Painful to me,
Pierce right through me…
My daily life was inundated with passive-aggressive work emails, negative news feeds, Facebook rants, cell phone texts and honking cars during rush hour. I topped it off by turning on the radio the moment I got in the car and the television right when I got home.
I felt toxic … like there was a dark, sticky substance within that was sucking the life out of me.
I became cynical, flat, tired and worn out by negative energy. I felt stuck. I had determined that this was just being an adult … jaded. I convinced myself that hopefulness and positivity equaled youthful naivety, and that those things were long gone for me.
All those toxic feelings were starting to take a toll and I felt depressed.
All I ever wanted,
All I ever needed,
Is here, in my arms…
I am blessed with a beautiful family and friends that love me. I live in a free country where I can express myself and do anything I want to pursue my dreams.
So, if I have everything I could need or want, why was I feeling this overwhelming sadness? I knew I needed a change.
Shortly after I decided to quit my job, I began running outside more. I remembered how much I enjoy running or walking outside in nature and letting my thoughts roam. Then, as I came home, I stopped turning on the television. I had more time to reflect on my life and all the good things around me.
I started to feel happy again.
I felt free! I had clarity and found hope and peace again. I felt less stressed, light, positive, confident and happy.
This new feeling of lightness and happiness opened my heart back up to welcome new positive people in my life. I was able to stop thinking about myself and focus on others. I started sharing these positive and peaceful vibes.
Words are very unnecessary…
They can only do harm.
It’s so easy to surrender to the constant chatter around us. I think our intentions are good when we become a part of social media. However, one negative post can spread quickly and tarnish that innocence.
It’s hard not to listen to that negativity. I’ve noticed some unassuming people even start partaking in it. I’m always shocked by this. On the flip side, I think lots of people follow the old adage of “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it at all”. They may not say anything back, but, they heard what was said. Even if the negative remarks were not directed to them personally, there’s a great chance it insulted their beliefs.
Gradually, our inner peace is drowned out by the background noise … and, in turn, our souls fade into the background.
… Enjoy the Silence.
Turning on the television, logging into Facebook, constantly checking the news or having my cell phone on me at all times is the problem.
I control what I listen to and what I read.
I’m slowly learning that I can enjoy today’s social media driven society by choosing how often I partake in it and who and what I want to follow.
I’m also learning that controlling the amount of time I spend listening to all this modern noise allows me to re-connect with my true self.
Simply put … Enjoy the Silence.