Jim Murray en Lifestyle, Communications and journalism, beBee in English Partner, Bullet Proof Consulting: Creative Director, Writer, Art Director, Project Manager • Onwords & Upwords Inc 5/12/2017 · 2 min de lectura · +800

Comfortably Numb Is The Last Thing You Want To Be These Days.

Comfortably Numb Is The Last Thing You Want To Be These Days.

There is no pain, you are receding

A distant ship, smoke on the horizon

You are only coming through in waves

Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying

When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse

Out of the corner of my eye

I turned to look but it was gone

I cannot put my finger on it now

The child is grown, the dream is gone

I have become comfortably numb

David Gilmour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_4uEaZQ2Kg ( See it performed by the Greatest band of all time)

A while ago, maybe two months, I reduced my long format political posting by about 90%. Instead I channeled what I have now come to see as a massive amount of anger into a series of memes that I post daily.

I get as great deal of personal satisfaction out of these memes, despite the fact that I only believe that a tiny fraction of the people to whom they are exposed actually ever read them.

The reason I believe this is that I believe that a lot of people are simply ignoring a lot of really stressful stuff in the hope that if they ignore it for long enough, it will somehow go away.

I think that people do this with a lot of things in life these days. Like the Pink Floyd song says, they have become comfortably numb.

They view the world though tiny screens from the comfort of their own surroundings, and it creates a surreal impression of things. For many, it lessens the stark anxiety of dealing with life head on.

They are safe or so they try and convince themselves. But the hard core fact is that they are not. Because the very thing that they have convinced themselves they are escaping by remaining distant is not the stuff that’s happening. It’s the internal anxiety which that stuff, no matter how far removed they feel they might be, is producing in them.

The concept of comfortably numb is really the height of superficial denial. And this denial generates more fear and anxiety than the idea of facing reality with both guns blazing can ever do.

One of the few key things I was taught after I was diagnosed with Tic Syndrome is that stress (internal and external) was something that I should develop mechanisms to avoid. Because allowing these things to build up inside me would only make my tics worse and life very uncomfortable and potentially depressing for me.

I can never have the luxury, at least not in this life, of allowing myself to be comfortably numb, even if I wanted to.

I say all this by way of explanation, because across several social media sites over the years I have developed the reputation of being a ranter of sorts. And deservedly so.

But you should know that as a writer, ranting is one of the key mechanisms that keep frustration and anxiety from building up in me, and creating great difficulty living in my own skin.

But it does not matter whether you have a stress or nervous system related affliction, anything you can do to reduce the massive levels of stress that living, especially now when everything seems to be waves of madness crashing every day, is going to help you.

Go to the woods and scream. Climb a mountain. Learn Karate. Run hard and run fast. Rant and rave. Whatever it takes to keep the anxiety and stress from building up.

We all have our own ways to avoid the comfortable numbness that comes from acquiescence.

Find yours and work on it. Because the forces that are the source of a lot of our anxiety cannot be willed away. They are there and they will be around and working to debilitate us until the world wises up.

Today, winning isn’t just about achievement. It’s about finding ways to keep internal demons from taking control of you.

I rant therefore I am not comfortably numb. What will you do?


In addition to being a beBee Brand Ambassador, Jim Murray is a marketer and creative professional. His partner, Charlene Norman is marketing strategist and operations tactician. Their collaboration, Bullet Proof Consulting, specializes in Brand Engineering: Helping companies achieve more effective branding, stronger reputation management, greater productivity, higher efficiencies, and ultimately, increased profits. In short, Bullet Proof helps companies change their thinking for the better. Find out more at www.bulletproofconsulting.ca


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Jim Murray 7/12/2017 · #9

#6 Thanks @Nicole Chardenet. I am working to put some distance between Trump and myself. Hopefully he won't blow up the world. Although I],m pretty sure that if he tried he would be assassinated by the military.

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Jim Murray 7/12/2017 · #8

#7 Tic Syndrome is essential a fairly mild form of Tourette's. I know several people who have it.

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CityVP 🐝 Manjit 6/12/2017 · #7

News is so pervasive these days that even if we lived in a wooden hut in Montana, one way or another it will find us. I can see how a rant can have therapeutic quality. I had heard of Tourettes but not aware at all about other tic syndrome and the effects of stress related to that , so that was insightful. As I searched more about this I came across your May 2016 post https://www.bebee.com/producer/@jim-murray/the-rant-it-s-literally-saved-me-years-of-psychotherapy which I had not seen before.

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Nicole Chardenet 6/12/2017 · #6

I have been avoiding CNN more.

I've found there's no point in getting het up about what's going on in Washington...which affects me, as an American, and also as a Canadian because as below, so above; but there's nothing I can do about it, and it was just making me insane so I only go one now for my daily "WTF?" moment. I used to not understand why my mother did that when she was my age, now I do...the older you get, the more you realize it's easier to just not give a shit. Even though sometimes I wonder if we may be living with the very real threat of nuclear war again, and whether I am close enough to a Ground Zero that I can just get torched and done with it or whether I'll be one of the unlucky bastards to survive, at least for a little bit.

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Jim Murray 6/12/2017 · #5

#4 Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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Pamela 🐝 Williams 6/12/2017 · #4

When I've had a bad day, or someone hurt my feelings, or I'm not sure how to handle a problem; I talk to the Moon. He's a good fellow, he let's me figure it out all by myself. He doesn't give me stupid advice or tell me I'm being ridiculous or tell me I'm imagining a slight. We have some great conversations my friend and I. My best confidant is the ocean; it takes all my anxieties or fears and washes them out to it's deepest depths and it's best when the surf is rough and crashing against the shore, it comforts me.

Okay, so now everyone knows I'm a bit loony.

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Debasish Majumder 5/12/2017 · #3

lovely buzz @Jim Murray! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz sir.

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Mohammed A. Jawad 5/12/2017 · #2

Tackle temptations and swipe away stress or stay silent if it's painful to practice perseverance!

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