Back in my college days, I saw a movie about a robot named “Johnny 5” who came to life and started reading everything he could get his hands on.
In a scene that resonated deeply with me, Johnny 5 stood amongst a shocking disarray of books strewn all over the floor and explained the mess he’d made with two simple words:
I understood Johnny 5’s frantic quest for more information.
More and More Information
A few years after seeing Short Circuit, I attended my very first writers conference.
I sat transfixed, soaking up everything The Experts taught me.
Then I went home, tried to apply everything I’d learned, and failed miserably.
So I signed up for another conference. Where, once again, I sat spellbound, scribbling notes as The Experts told me The One-Size-Fits-All Way to Do All the Things.
Home I went, where I tried to apply everything I’d learned … once again failing … this time, even more miserably than before.
For decades, I repeated this demoralizing (and costly!) cycle for one key reason:
I thought what I needed was more information.
Too Much Information
Sound at all familiar?
Especially with everything that’s happening in the world right now?
My life-long response to insecurity (or worry or anxiety or fear or … !) has been to seek out more information by …
… buying more books.
… signing up for more workshops.
… attending more conferences.
… following more links.
… watching more videos.
… reading more articles.
… subscribing to more blogs / newspapers / podcasts.
None of which are bad or wrong, in and of themselves. The problem is how quickly my information collection habit morphs into a compulsion.
Here’s what I’ve finally realized:
Collecting more and more information is overwhelming … exhausting … and downright paralyzing.
Turns out, I’m not Johnny 5.
Neither are you.
You’re not a robot; you’re a Highly Sensitive Person.
And as an HSP, instead of more information, you actually need far less.
Here’s how a fellow HSP put it in a recent email:
The glut of information out there paralyzes HSPs in decision-making. Lately the word overload has been in my thoughts a lot … I realized it is really information overload that has been slowing me down and disturbing my spirit. So hard to escape these days; it takes a real commitment to avoid it! …
I need to unplug for a while, as best I can. We may have been socially isolated but the media has by no means stopped its relentless invasion. Proverbs 4:23 says to above all else, guard your heart, for out of it flow the wellsprings of life.
There it is: what your HSP heart actually needs:
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Guard. Your. Heart.
To protect your heart from the onslaught of more and still more and ever more information, pray-cess this simple formula:
Less time _____________, more time _____________.
Right now, the Holy Spirit is convicting me that I need:
“Less time engaged on social media, more time immersed in God’s word.”
What goes in these blanks for you?