When my son Scott was born his mother wanted him to be naturally fed– you know, breast fed.
However, the baby wasn’t responding well to the feedings and most of the time he cried intensely. Our boy was inconsolable.
Being a new mother, she wasn’t quite sure what to do. Back in those days we lived in Findlay, Ohio and would come to visit family on the weekends, almost a 3 hour drive to Cincinnati.
One morning while visiting my dad, my step mom Diane took note of the regular feeding struggle. She formulated a plan and sprung into action.
Together, she and Theresa prepared some baby formula as a supplement to the breast feeding and almost like magic the baby stopped crying. “The poor kid is starving,” Diane joked as everyone celebrated the peace and tranquility of a satisfied newborn finally getting his needed nutrition.
Babies, it turns out, need to be fed properly in order to be happy.
Over time we discovered Scott had colic which caused his breastfeeding experiment to be jettisoned. His body just didn’t respond to the breast milk and truly he was hungry even after a feeding.
Adults are no different. The nutrition we consume can either sustain us, or it can leave us unfulfilled. It’s true not only with our physical bodies but also with our mind and spirit. We can develop mental and spiritual malnutrition.
What you talkin’ bout Willis? (80’s reference, Google it)
Of course everyone is familiar with food for our bodies, but we sometimes lose sight of food for our spirit, and food for our minds.
Currently, I’m struggling with my mental nutrition.
Mental nutrition is made up of the content we consume. The things with which we give our attention. Whether it’s television, talk radio, movies, magazines, music, or books, our mindset is impacted by what we decide to consume.
Of course I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the biggest attention hog in my life right now–Steve Jobs’ damn iPhone.
If I did an audit of time and attention I give to my iPhone, I think I would be greatly disappointed. Honestly, I’m afraid to know. What I know is this, it’s way too much!
But it’s not really Steve Jobs who caused the problem. It’s Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook. It’s Chad Hurly, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim of YouTube (Hi Anthony and Jason), and of course maybe the worst offender, Jack Dorsey of Twitter.
All of these characters have created applications that are easily accessed from my beloved iPhone. Each of these men are guilty of stealing my time and attention. They have prevented me from reading the books I want to read. Doing more bible study. They have prevented me from getting really good mental nutrition and instead I’m filling my head with world events, fantasy football, and the worst of the worst, politics.
Yeah, it’s all their fault. Jack Dorsey, you owe me.
If only there was a way I could stop constantly watching my iPhone.