Passions are liken’d best to floods and streams:
The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb;
So, when affection yields discourse, it seems
The bottom is but shallow whence they come.
They that are rich in words, in words discover
That they are poor in that which makes a lover.
-Sir Walter Raleigh
I stumbled across this poem the other day in my old high school notebooks. More than a decade after I first read it, one line remains seared in my head:
“The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb;”
While Sir Walter Raleigh was talking about a romantic love, I fear this is the case in so many of our lives today. In my own life I see too much talking, but not enough doing.
I don’t write this to shame myself or to create a legalistic to-do list and a heavy burden. I write it because I want to wake up from the stupor of this validation-driven, social-media world where it’s so easy to murmur.
I type up my thoughts; I share my opinions; I may even jot an encouraging message to a friend. None of these are wrong or evil.
I can’t help but wonder, though, do I speak up online because it’s easier than living it out in real life? So many people including myself tout different causes with online posts and offline verbal spouts. But what am I–what are they–really DOING on a daily basis about these thoughts, opinions and causes.
I’ve been pulling back from personal social media these last few months for this very reason. I’m tired of all the talking from myself and from others.
Perhaps I’ve become too cynical from my full-time job as a social media manager, but it honestly seems like a lot of show and glitz to hide a lot of inactivity and laziness. I wish I could say I’m blameless on that account, but I’m not.
But I want to change.
I don’t want to be a shallow, constantly murmuring person. I want my love to be DEEP and MESSY and REAL. I want the life God has given me to be INTENTIONAL and FOCUSED and FULL OF ACTION.
I want to take all the time I could spend talking online–not including the blog, of course! (smile)–and repurpose it to serve my family, my friends, my neighbors and my co-workers.
I’m tired of the murmuring. I’ll be deep and dumb instead in 2018.