Anemic Soul

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photo credit: Diana via photopin (license)

This poem still resonates.

Sometimes social media news feeds can leave one feeling starved for sustenance. I am tired of the messages I see lately all over the internet. It brought to mind this poem I wrote a few years back. I struggle to find my voice and discern my own thoughts with the continual pouring out of opinions experienced on any given day.

I give you my offering for the days I have felt like running away from it all, including the sound bites I create in my mind in response to all of it.

Anemic Soul

Weary of followers, unfollowers, tweets.

Wary of these heavy shoes on my feet.

Weary and burdened by all of the toys,

I long for release, from all of the noise-

via news feeds,

shout-outs and over-share hell

it feels like I’m drowning, but how could I tell?

Newspapers, books and screens scream loud

 my voice is lost

in this innumerable crowd.

I cringe at the thought of just “one more thing”,

or piece of advice and the anguish it brings.

Your Facebook,  Tumbler and Instagram, too

Overload my brain, and mind it’s true

I try to escape but wherever I go,

somebody’s sharing

above and below.

Please make it stop,

from every which way,

or call me unsocial

if my feelings betray-

my soul is anemic,

so don’t delay.

I think I’d be happier still if I,

curled up in a corner

alone and asked why-

with paper, pen and a very small space,

return to the closet

with my writing and grace-

I’ll disappear without a trace

living happily ever after

in my quiet place.

*Journal Prompt & Possibilities:

1. What are your thoughts? Do you ever feel wary or weary treading the paths of social media? Write your response in your journal.

2. How do you draw the lines around your own intake of the many forms of Social Media, news and entertainment competing for our attention today?

3. I have had an ongoing struggle to balance my SM intake and output carefully. Social Media is an extension of our lives before God. Nothing is hidden from God’s sight. Recently I started taking week-long breaks to counteract the onslaught of information overload found by scrolling feeds. I challenge you to be careful what you take in and of what you share. I strive to do so as well…but often have to give myself an old-fashioned timeout when I pick up too much online momentum. My goal is always to take in more of Scripture than news feeds. More of the mind of Christ than the thoughts of men. I challenge you to journal before the Lord about your own intake. Allow Him to give you wisdom and discernment about how to use all of your time for His glory. Yes, God can be found online, because His children are there, BUT are they doing His will both on and offline is the question. Let God be the one to decide what news is worthy of you feeding on today. I know I need to be more careful and perhaps you do, too?

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

*This post is part of a series: Devotion Thoughts for Summer Days– a combination of faith-based posts and other writings published between 2011-2013 (and some written fresh this Summer) revised with journaling prompts.

Thank you for joining me on the journey!

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Wheemzell
    Jul 30, 2015 @ 12:06:52

    I loved this! So many times I want to run and find a quiet small space to “just be”. My head hurts from so much of what I read but yet I don’t want to be ignorant of what is going on in the World. I must find the balance of my life and the life outside of that. I have gone quiet with God. It is sad, I cant seem to find my comfort zone . I know that He has not gone quiet with me, and I do pray but I also have lost my knowledge of how to pray. I just say the Lords Prayer most of the time. The World and its chaos and wireless connection running through the air just suck out all energy some days. Maybe Dawn, I just need my “blankie” and a closet with a journal. 🙂 Thank you for such wonderful thoughts you share. You have great talent 🙂

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  2. Cecelia Lester
    Jul 30, 2015 @ 12:14:31

    I get weary of seeing the foul language people who call themselves Christians, One year I gave up FB for Lent. It was refreshing for me to stay away from there. Blessings to you and yours.

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  3. Mary Sayler
    Jul 30, 2015 @ 13:11:43

    Dawn, I suspect other members of our Christian Poets & Writers on Facebook will identify with this too, so I’ll highlight your post on the blog http://www.christianpoetsandwriters.com.

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  4. Joy Lenton
    Jul 30, 2015 @ 13:35:10

    Oh how I identify with this, Dawn! Sometimes it feels more like soul-lose media than social media. It’s all too easy to become swallowed whole and feel empty. My time there has to be curtailed or I am wearied beyond measure. I love the poem and I’m inspired by these words:”My goal is always to take in more of Scripture than news feeds. More of the mind of Christ than the thoughts of men.” Amen! What a great goal to aim for. Thank you, friend.

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  5. lynndmorrissey
    Jul 30, 2015 @ 22:06:49

    Wow, Joy, that is amazingly convicting. What news do I allow my mind to feed on. For me, it doesn’t just apply to FB feed, but TV news. I’m addicted to the stuff. Thank you for making me think, as you always do! I do see some benefits to soc. media, and some of the conversations, while sound-bitish, can be a brief way to proclaim truth in a world short on time. But….there can be a ton of noise out there that is neither nourishing or beneficial. Thank you for saying things that count.
    Love
    Lynn

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  6. lynndmorrissey
    Jul 30, 2015 @ 22:07:15

    Oh, and love the FB fast idea

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