Drama. Have you noticed more and more people appear to thrive on it, or, at least seem addicted to it? There’s no standardized version or set parameters defining what constitutes “drama.” Any old drama works fine, just so every day has some.
I’ve been stuck in the midst of myriad moms leaning over, behind and in front of me, discussing whatever happens to be the current drama in their lives. Whether their child has strep throat “for the third time in six months” or their mother-in-law has greatly overstayed her welcome, the object of the conversation always seems to be to convince all the other moms present that no one has a tougher life than they do.
Men are by no means immune to growing drama trends. There are just as many men as ladies entering contentious bash battles on social network sites, and texting rumormongering gossip stories to their contacts.
When there seems to be a shortage of drama in real life, drama-lovers resort to the virtual world to get their fix. The more violence, gore, vulgarity, extreme action, profanity and general vileness, the better for drama seeking voyeurs. When not playing virtual war/murder/crime games, folks are taking selfies and sending instant photos every time they blink, stick out their tongue, eat a chip, get in the car, brush their teeth, etc…
Whatever happene to peace and quiet? Slowly fading into the backdrops of history are simple evenings with families gathered on front porches, sipping tea and watching the kids catch fireflies. Such easy-living is being snuffed out by groups of adult people roaming around town, staring at their phones and using GPS to chase virtual monsters in the real world.
What about reading bedtime stories, playing cards or taking the dog for a walk?
My own generation had its favorite tv shows, trends and problems, of course, but “dramatic” back then was “Who Shot JR?” not “American is killed in live video by terrorist.”
Drama is a drug of choice for many in the modern world. Like other hard drugs, the more one gets, the more one craves the next hit.
Scripture teaches us that we will come to know God in the stillness and silence of our lives. Drama must be one of the latest greatest tools of the enemy then, for surely it creates a smoke-screen effect, distracting us from our mission by filling our minds with useless, endless, trolling information, words, images, thoughts and activities.
I choose not to be a drama momma. Instead, my goal is to spread positivity, joy and a helpful hand to those who cross my path each day. I choose to flee from the chaos and cacophony to which so many cling.
Rather than extreme/stoked emotion, unexpected happenings and perpetuals series of exciting events, I vote for stability, routine, peace of mind and strength of spirit. Counter-cultural to be sure, but constant, comforting, reliable and blessed, as well.
Judy Dudich resides in the beautiful woods of Pennsylvania, where 24 acres of land and a home-office provide the perfect setting for her children’s home-education and her own homesteading and business ventures. Life is full of blessings (and challenges!) for Judy, as a wife, mother of 10 and Grammy to six. She is a published author, whose book, “I Surrender/A Study Guide for Women” continues to encourage and support others in Christian family lifestyles throughout the world. Judy has also previously worked in the online speaking circuit. Her passion for permaculture, re-purposing, foraging and organic gardening fills her days with learning and adventure that she loves to share.