Okay here is the dirty details: I have been really sick with an ear infection, eye infection, sinus infection, a sore throat, and bronchitis. YES. All at he same time. Needless to say the antibiotics are starting to work and I am feeling better as the days pass…
Last week all I could do was stay in bed and sleep. My infected eye and blazing headache caused me to be unable to stare at computer or television screen or read books. So I just stayed in bed slept, prayed, and contemplated life.
Not engaging in social media of any kind and being left alone to your thoughts for over a week has it’s advantages and disadvantages. Being sick in bed has a way of putting things into perspective.
*According to Eldridge Moores, professor emeritus of geology at the University of California Davis, the largest mountain range in the lower 48 states is the Sierra Nevada. The Rockies aren’t a single range – they’re lots of smaller ranges.
I write this to point out how perspectives can be influenced by our surroundings. I grew up in Northern California and spent some significant time in the Sierra and always thought it was the largest mountain range. I have spent the last five and a half years in Northern Colorado and since being here I would have guessed that the Rockies are the biggest mountain range in the U.S..
Surroundings can influence your perspective; it can become clear, it can change, or it can be confimed.
SILENCE, SOLITUDE & PRAYER
To be frank, I wish I wouldn’t have been sick or at least as sick as I got. BUT I am very thankful that I was forced to slowdown and especially thankful that I was disconnected from all forms of social media, books, tv, and relational interaction for that week and a half (My family basically quarantined me to my bedroom).
My perspective on several things became clearer while I was sick, and my surroundings or lack-there-of did influence how I view my current circumstances.
Silence, solitude, and prayer can be very sweet when it is unaltered by the everyday noise of life. This is really the point of this blog post. The biggest thing I learned during this time was that unplugging – sitting in silence, spending time alone, and conversing with God is necessary and a must.
It’s very difficult to have clarity through the busy-clatter of life. I will not wait to get sick before the next time I unplug. If you don’t already take significant time to unplug, I encourage you to do so, or you might be forced to do so like me, which my friend Jay pointed out to me.
If you do take significant time to unplug; what do you do and how do you do it?
*Source – Sunset, May 2013 issue