Think about it. A few years ago I did, and I was surprised at how uncomfortable I was with silence. For instance, the first thing I did after waking up was to turn on the television. At the office, I sat at my desk and immediately fired up my music. I brought headphones on a plane to watch a movie. The first thing I did when I checked into a hotel room was to turn on the TV. After starting my car, without thinking I turned on the radio. How about you? Has “noise” become a habit? When was the last time you actually
Typically, I get up early and head to the gym. When I get back to the house, I read the paper and then shower and get dressed for the day. For years, during that time I turned on the TV and watched the morning news. But a few months ago I decided to skip the TV news and just get dressed in silence. Guess what?
Obviously, the discussion between what makes people winners or losers in life has been going on for thousands of years. But one thing I’ve noticed is that people who live lives of significance, are people who truly know themselves. They can accurately tell you what their strengths and weaknesses are. They know where they need help, and where they need to grow. They have very few (if any) illusions when it comes to their expertise or potential. Most of all, they’re remarkably humble about it all. The rest of the population? I find that
I’m having some knee problems, so last week, I went in for an MRI. Because it’s a magnetic imaging procedure, when they position you in the machine, you can’t have your cell phone, or other objects. There’s no TV in the room either. Plus, they don’t want you to move, so I couldn’t bring a magazine or book. So there I was, laying on my back for 30 minutes while the MRI machine did it’s thing. Then, I started to get a bit twitchy. If you know me, you’ll know that while I’m probably not A.D.D., I AM easily distracted. At any given waking moment, I like to be DOING something – reading, checking email, Twittering, writing, scanning something – ANYTHING. But I couldn’t