Do you live your life from inside your head?
You might remember the brief 1990’s sitcom “Hermans Head”. It followed the life of
Research Assistant Herman Brooks who worked in the fact-checking department of a major magazine publisher. All of his decisions and actions are acted out in his head with a cast of mental characters interacting. The four characters acting out Herman's emotions were born out of different sides of his personality; they would have conflicts with each other within Herman’s mind and manifest their effects on Herman's body in the form of a sneeze or tears. The characters in Herman’s head included an angel that represented his sensitive feminine side, an animal represented his lust or hunger, a wimp representing Herman's anxiety and paranoia, and a genius who clashed with the irresponsible animal or pure angel. These inner voices would control Herman’s movements and actions in a sometimes schizophrenic manner.
Many of us can live out a fantasy in our heads that is disconnected from reality and downright unhealthy. There is a difference between having a dream or vision for your life and living out of fantastical figures in your mind. For one thing, there is no one to challenge you if you are off base. No one to tell you that some of those inner voices are erring on the side of foolishness.
Sometimes we can allow these mental characters to even set the tone of our day, We can labor, believing a complete argument we had within the four inches of real estate between our ears.
Jeremiah’s words resonate though history, “The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, who can know it?”. It is possible to have a whole conversation inside your head even coming to perilous conclusions that the rest of the world is oblivious to.
When we live life from inside our heads, we create an isolated self-contained world that defies any outside counsel. Proverbs 18 bears this out.
“Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.” Proverbs 18:1 (ESV)
One of the greatest measures against this self-imposed prison is to chose not to be isolated. This can be a challenge if you live alone or work by yourself, however doing nothing is more dangerous.
I believe that God can give us intimate friends like a band of brothers or sisters who love us, challenge us, and do not fear to get in our face when needed.
May God help us all to live life in the real world.