Trivial Pursuits

Henry David Thoreau wrote, “I believe that the mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things, so that all our thoughts shall be tinged with triviality.”

            The temptation to trivial pursuit is probably much greater in our day than in Thoreau’s.  Many people today seem so addicted to the pursuit of the trivial that they feel compelled to post updates on Facebook or some other social networking site their most mundane activities or air their petty grievances over some real or imagined offense they suffered. Worse yet, many others habitually check back to find updates to these unfolding dramas.

Such people live far below their privilege. What can we do to live higher?

  • Read great literature. Stimulate your mind by connecting with great minds of the past and present.
  • Turn off the noise. Do you find yourself having the TV or radio on “just because”? I am a lover of radio and the recorded spoken word. But a few years ago I learned the value of turning everything off and simply being alone with my own thoughts, especially on a long drive or early in the morning with a cup of coffee. We truly can suffer from information overload. Getting alone with our thoughts helps us to think critically through what we already know and set things properly in order.
  • Make and cultivate real flesh and blood friendships. Being there for people and people being there for you, people that you touch, hug, kiss, visit with, is essential to your life having the meaning and fulfillment that God intended.
  • Seek God. After all is said and done, if a person neglects to seek and serve God, everything else they do, including all the above, will be trivial pursuit.

 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

-Brad Fry

Published in: on August 25, 2014 at 3:08 pm  Comments (4)