My sweet Kenny Chesney has done it again, not only reminding me that I will soon be able to dust off my flip flops, but speaking to me through his music.

I am constantly re-evaluating my life, revisiting how I am spending my time, wanting to be more productive and present to my work. I never seem to fit everything in so I decided to “track my day“.

I hate to admit this, yet wasn’t totally shocked to learn I was spending too much time online.

Of course having an online business there are times when I need to be, but it is easy to get distracted by a gorgeous Sundance Catalog ad luring me to their site with the exact flowery top I was drooling over the night before (a little creepy, yes?).

I learned that I had become a slave to the “ding” on my phone and computer. I had conditioned myself to believe it was the most urgent thing in the world, when it was largely just distracting me from what was truly important. I have been diligently working towards changing this and found this great article, 10 tips for disconnecting from tech. It prompted me to turn off the notifications on my devices. This way I can check them on my scheduled time. I especially like tips  #5, #6  &  #9.

I don’t believe I am the only one who has trouble tuning out the tech which is why Kenny Chesney’s new song, “Noise” really resonated with me. The message of the song is that we are constantly bombarded by media which has become a part of the way we live. It’s an observation of our culture and is up to us how we choose to navigate it. He encourages us to “unplug” and appreciate this beautiful world we live in, if only for a little while. (I especially love the end of the video)

If you love someone, tell them you love them. Don’t text it to them! There is so much life to be lived outside our phones.” ~Kenny Chesney

This Rolling Stone article described the video as

“the equivalent of a Jackson Pollock painting: the busiest piece of art you’ve ever seen, with a million different strokes merged together into one beautifully chaotic theme.”

I will be going to Kenny Chesney’s concert this weekend for his “Spread the Love” tour. His music has the ability to slow me down, make me think as well as transport me to a tiki bar on an island where I haven’t a care in the world but the crashing waves and the sand between my toes.  I can’t wait to get caught up in the moment and rock out with my “finger in the air“. 🙂

laura gaffke, “Fanciful Day” 6 x 6 inches, acrylic

I am committed to spending more time outdoors, exploring this beautiful world and less time unnecessarily on my devices.

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May you find a moment to pause, take a deep breath and appreciate this magnificant world we live in.

Cheery Smiles your way…


p.s. I wondered what you think about all the noise we encounter as a culture on a daily basis. How has it effected your life? I would love to start a conversation about this in the comments below. 

p.s.s. This is a really great article on The Disease of Being Busy. I want to know how your heart is today…

5 thoughts on “Noise

  1. The use of technology is to me another form of addiction, it is a form of OCD. It is creating unimaginative kids and it has been disturbing for me to witness in my classroom. It has been a crutch for so many that they are losing themselves and becoming so self absorbed, especially with the use of snapchat.
    This is why I love going up North so much because we have NO technology, and we are surrounded by nature. I think there is so much disease now because people are at dis ease with all the visual stimulus that is out there in one day, the mind can not process all the primarily negative images. My motto is use technology but in moderation.

    1. Brigitte,
      Thank you so much for your thoughtful insight. Yes, I can see how technology can be thought of as another form of addiction. I wonder what boundaries there are in schools today with cell phones? It is an interesting time we live in.

      I too believe nature brings me back to myself. A walk in the woods or on the shoreline has the ability to quite my mind and take me away from all the distractions of everyday life. When I am in nature I am at peace and feel connected to myself and everything around me (same with my art). I savor this time… 🙂

  2. Such a beautiful post, Laura! I feel so lucky that all that technology is there for us now and I feel the danger of not just using it but being used by it instead. Mainly I feel extremely supported by my devices and love to use them to connect and communicate in such an easy way.
    In my life I’m a lot in nature and also experience a lot of stillness. I don’t drive a car, I bicycle most of the time and I integrate many different meditative skills into my days. In this way I feel when I’m pulled into technology and stop right there at least for a moment. This helps to reconnect with the ‘real’ world around me and with my original motivation for using technology. Than I use it again for what I want in the same way as I use my laptop as a modern typewriter:)

    1. Anka,
      I really loved how you said, ” I feel so lucky that all that technology is there for us now and I feel the danger of not just using it but being used by it instead.” I feel the same way, but also feel extremely supported by my devices as well. I love being in nature as well too. I live near a beautiful state park and spend a lot of time walking and wandering there. I think it must be lovely to be able to bike places rather than drive like you do! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments! 🙂

  3. Yes, Laura, as a grandmother and a nurse, I have seen how technology has distanced the generations and how much these children are missing from not connecting to their senior’s in a personal way. Nothing can replace the” hand’s on ” of integration between a child and their grandparents. Memories are lost because they never are experienced. I know you have memories of yourself climbing trees with your Grammy, sledding, visiting your Memere in Florida, and your Pepere giving you a ride in the wheelbarrel. You have been blessed!

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