This morning when I logged into my email, I noticed there were twenty-eight emails in my spam folder. I used to peruse them quickly to see if something important was sent there by mistake. I don't do that anymore. It's a waste of time and energy and maybe the Universe sent the message to the spam folder on purpose...so I wouldn't be distracted with what is not important.
Instead of opening the folder, I highlighted the little trash can next to it and clicked delete. The computer of course challenging my decision asked if I was sure I wanted to delete those messages, the ones that hovered somewhere in mid-air sight unseen. Yes, responded, I am certain that I do.
I began to wonder how many of the thousands of thoughts we have everyday should really be in that spam folder. I know I have certain recurring thoughts (aren't most of them?) that when they make their appearance I groan not you again. Go to the Spam folder. Other thoughts are distractions to keep me "busy" so won't have "time" to tackle the important things I say I want to do. And I am pretty good at following those distractions so... Spam folder.
It may seem, at first, that now a lot of time is spent dictating Spam folder to certain thoughts as they enter our head, our imaginary index finger pointing the fated way. That in itself is a distraction to encourage you to stop. Don't stop. We are merely in the process of habit breaking. Once we can clear our minds of the junk thoughts, imagine the freedom and unused space and all its potential!
“Spam is a waste of the receivers’ time, and, a waste of the sender’s optimism.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Confessions of a Misfit
I felt good when I hit delete on my computer as I instantly cleared away the crap that had compiled there over night. I am pretty certain more is collecting in that folder there right now while I right this but that's okay because, later, I will simply hit delete again to find my freedom from what others want me to stop and think about. I am not interested in your $10,000 drawing scholarship ad, but I am interested in getting back to drawing my mandalas. Thanks for reminding me. No, I am not worried about going bald but that email reminded me I need to cancel a hair appointment. And the special on sending flowers? I generally don't spend money on things that are going to die right away - thanks anyway. Delete.
"It's been my policy to view the Internet not as an 'information highway,' but as an electronic asylum filled with babbling loonies."- Mike Royko
My mind is going to keep filling up today, too, just like the Spam folder. And I will work on my dictatorial skills as I gravitate towards the important thoughts and dismiss the others. As I do so, I begin to regain control over my life, my thoughts, my desires, my energy.
"Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
You have the power of choice. You get to decide if you want the "babbling loony" thoughts in your head or if your time and gifts are more valuable than that.