Happy First Full Day of Spring! My body and spirit needed the 75 degree weather we had this weekend here in the Northeast. I can just feel like it’s the start of a whole bunch of new things, at least for me!
I’m on my way now on the Bolt Bus from New York City to Boston (As a side note, why do they bother going up I-95 instead of I-87 and then through Danbury to get to Boston? Every time we go I-95, we get caught in a traffic jam. Start thinking, Bolt!) I spent the weekend with a friend where I got to walk around the city, see new things, and also take in a great Broadway show (All About Me with Dame Edna Everage and Michael Feinstein.) I never would have thought of that combination, but it was quite fun. I had never really heard Michael sing before, and I was quite impressed. I’m going to have to get some of his music off of iTunes now.
Anyway, one thing that I noticed about Manhattan is that you are constantly being bombarded with input. On the street, hawkers for everything from tours, artwork, watches, and Broadway shows are constantly approaching you to sell you something. You can tell why New Yorkers have a reputation about being a little cold (which, by the way, I find completely untrue), because they need to shield themselves from all this input so that they can function. If you are constantly having to process input all the time, you can never actually accomplish anything. That’s also the reason that we all go on vacation so that we can get away from our inputs.
Whereas New Yorkers have been dealing with this for decades, I think that most people in the rest of the world that’s less populated are just now trying to figure out how to do this. We all have more inputs that we had before. We get phone calls, pop up windows, spam email, request to repost message, etc. All these things are of various levels of importance (to us individually or the world in general), yet they appear to have the same level of importance to our brains as they come in.
We’ve become a culture of short-attention span individuals because we’ve not been able to distinguish well between the important and the trivial. As I’ve said before here, one of my main goals (for myself personally as well as everyone else through my work) is to really embrace my own personal power and make decisions in my life that serve me instead of someone else. By deciding that I need to filter information to only what I need, I’ll be feeling better about myself and filtering out that which doesn’t serve me.
What spam is still coming at you, and how do you filter it?