Last time I checked, salt water looks suspiciously like, well, fresh water. In fact, if you live near the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean, there’s a decent chance that the salt water there looks a lot better than most fresh water you’ll see (trust me, I used to live near Lake Michigan).
But there’s just this one thing about salt water.
If you drink it, it will kill you.
I’m a little fuzzy on all the science, but essentially salt water is four times as salty as the blood in our bodies. As you drink it, the cells inside us are shrinking, and basically we are suffering a “net loss” of hydration with each drink. Keep it up, and you will fry your body’s system, and you’ll be unable to recover.
But, last time I checked, salt water looks suspiciously like, well, fresh water.
There are things around us, that look like they give us life.
There are things in our environment that appear to help us, but are actually causing a net loss inside us.
There are activities that we think are making things better—that even appear necessary to our existence.
But they are taking a toll.
We are in the season of Advent, which is designed to be a season of reflection and anticipation. Instead, for most of us it’s a season of frenetic activity, consumption, and distraction.
And for most of us, our solution to this “problem” is to run faster, consumer more, and “multi-task” more and more.
But is that actually our saltwater?
Sometimes, the very thing that appears to help us is the thing that is actually beginning to choke away our life. It’s saltwater.
It’s a few more days until Christmas; chances are, your schedule is not going to get any slower over the week.
But do you need to run faster? Check email more often?
Or is that an illusion?
Is it actually producing a “net loss” in your life?
Is it saltwater?