We all Have Addictions

Addictions are nothing new, they have been around as long as people have.  I’m not sure if Eve ever really had an addiction to apples, it might’ve just been a phase. As for me, my number one addiction is breathing. Please trust me; it’s not my only addiction. Old science fiction movies, social media, computer games, burritos and trying to re-engineer everything I see, are just a few.

Having something that we like and doing it over and over again is not necessarily a bad thing. I want to point you back to the idea that I am addicted to breathing. At the same time, some addictions get in the way of living a good life. We all understand the addictions of smoking, drugs, alcohol, and some other addictions which devastate not only the person but all those around them. Yet there are so many other addictions which steal from you when you’re just not looking.

These addictions will sometimes take your money, and yet that is small considering what they really steal, your time. If you find yourself playing computer games when you should be doing something a little more productive, that is a red flag. If you can’t wait for the game to rejuvenate the power to keep on playing, that could be an addiction. It may not be illegal like drugs are, or as devastating as alcoholism, yet it is an addiction, and it steals from you your ability to reach more productive goals.

I’m not saying the electronic game itself is evil. What I am saying is if you would rather play the game than do other things you need to do the game is getting in your way. At this point, you have a decision to make. Are you going to continue on with the distraction stealing the time you need to do more critical tasks, or are you going to rein it in and only play it during 20 minutes of dead time during the day? If you cannot bring it into 10 or 20 minutes a day, then you are truly addicted. At that point, the best thing to do is to remove it from your phone or computer until you can better control it.

This does not have to be a game; it can be anything that takes your time away from more important work or tasks you would really like to be doing or really need to be doing. It can be anything. And only you know what that anything could be. The neat thing is you can control it if you want to. And you can decide what is most important in your life for you and do that.

The great thing is that we all have the freedom to choose. We also have the strength to overcome the problems and concerns in life with which we have to deal. I cannot tell you what is best for you, and neither can most other people. This is something that you have to look within yourself to decide and then act accordingly.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Are You Feeling Overwhelmed?

If you are feeling overwhelmed with everything that is offered to you on a daily basis, you are not alone. It seems to be happening to all of us. New and inexpensive technology coupled with the ability to reach anyone at any time on almost any type of technical communication device is driving us all a little nuts.

The technical marvels we use to reach out and do new things allows others the same capacity. The problem with these new abilities is that some people try to push their product onto everybody, whether it fits or not. And, with over 7 billion people in the world today, nobody can build something which is absolutely needed by everyone.

How do we stop this? I am not sure. I know some people who send everything to voicemail and turn off the ringer on their phone. I check the caller ID and do not answer the phone if somebody doesn’t give us their name, or if it’s an apparent undesired call. Many have gone to cell phones, yet these uninvited intrusions on our life also find their way to cell phones, and even into our Internet.

I know of people who feel guilty if they do not listen to these calls or sales pitches. What we need to do is realize that we should pay attention to those things which affect us, or touch our lives and we should not spend time with those things which do not. Remember that for each call or advertisement we spend time on we are giving away something we cannot get back. Our time

At the same time, with modern marvels and a new wave of entrepreneurs being what it is, if the seller is up front, identifies our need and can swiftly prove a real need or true savings in their product that affects me personally, I will listen for a few minutes.

It will have to be something that saves me time and money, and something that I can easily explain to others, especially the kids. Remember, not everything is good or bad. Not everything is for you or against you. And, you, not others have to make that decision. It is okay for others to weigh in, and the ultimate decision is yours. So as the good book says, be gentle as lambs and wary as wolves.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.