Updated: Dec 18, 2020
In my last blog post I wrote about getting rid of the noise in our lives in order to enjoy Peace and real Joy each and every day. In this blog post I want to look at naming our noise.
As I answer the deep questions listed in the last post I’ve concluded we can each name our noise. Yes, it has one name. I’ve named mine – Can you name yours?
Here are some names that might help us name our noise.
1. Anger – an uncontrollable feeling of anger or hate towards another person. We may not go to the extreme. We may have anger that is acceptable in society. However, the question is – Is this the guiding force in all things bad in your life?
2. Pride – an excessive view of one’s self without regard to others. Does your pride filter your decisions when dealing with other people?
3. Vanity – excessive admiration in one’s appearance and achievements. Do you have the need to look and be successful in all situations?
4. Envy – the desire to have an item or experience that someone else possesses. Are you always looking to others and comparing yourself to their activities and achievements?
5. Greed – an excessive pursuit of possessions. Do you hold on to information and/or things and try to continue to gain more in order to one up your peers?
6. Doubt – a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction. Are you uncomfortable with your decisions and always questioning them?
7. Gluttony – excessive ongoing consumption of food, drink, activities. Do you feel the need to consume anything in excess?
8. Lust – an uncontrollable passion or longing, especially for sexual desires. Do you have an unusual longing for information, activities, people, etc?
9. Sloth – excessive laziness or the failure to act and utilize one’s talents. Do you hide your talents, bury your head in the sand, or just feel like you can’t make a move or decision?
This is the list I used to name my noise. All of the questions in the previous blog, Getting Rid of the Noise, can be dwindled down into one of these categories. If we think hard and long – dig deep, we can name our noise and fit it into one category.
What’s the bonus for this work? The bonus is it makes it easy for us to see the warning signs in our life and make decisions that bring Joy instead of decisions that bring strife.