White lettering on black background says "Excess."

“Blah, blah, blah, blah, blobiddy, blah.”

There is no shortage of mouths moving on 24-7 television “news.”

These mouths move with excessive tirelessness – never stopping, never pausing, and never seeming to connect to a brain accustomed to thoughtful contemplation or consideration of fact.

Often the mouths are introduced with dramatic, flashy graphics and menacing music – a distraction from the fact that mostly what the mouths are saying is, “Blah, blah, blah, blah, blobiddy, THIS JUST IN blah.”

I gravitate to news and analysis that is not 24-7, but which uses its more limited time to calmly and thoroughly explore the issues, look at nuances, and consider different perspectives.

Perhaps when there is less of something, it makes you more careful with how you use it.

“Excess” is not always a good thing.

Less is often more.

I’ve struggled in recent months to find the time and energy to write. A group of writers proposed writing something every day for the month of October, based on a one word prompt, and writing in just five minutes – no worrying about perfect grammar or always being poignant or well-polished. I’m giving it a go in an effort to jump start my writing. For the one word prompts, I’m going to follow along with The Upper Room’s Sight Psalms. They put out a picture a day and apply one word and a short reflection. If you are reading this, thanks for accompanying me for this experiment in motivation and discipline.


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