My challenge for you today is to ask: What’s the turbidity of your mind’s perspective?

Once working on a project for NASA, they sent me up to Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institution. I was working on a project that provided standards for hydrologic research for schools. Specifically, we were testing water and examining the effects of temperature change, salinity, and turbidity waters around Cape Cod. The term turbidity was new for me. (I’ll post some more below on that)

My point is this–garbage in, garbage out, right? If you fill your perspective, your mind, your attention with dirty, scary, violent, and dark news, what do you think your perspective of the world will be? Simple: dirty, scared, and dark. This is something that I had been doing for years and I had no idea how dirty my brain was until I started pouring in beautiful clean, clear inputs.

I’ve know now that without constant vigilance, we can be dumping “dirty water” into our minds without knowing it.

Remember, media gets paid to grab our attention and keep it. It keeps showing us “the dirt” because they know we are biologically incapable of not looking at it. Do beautiful sunsets create traffic jams? Nope, car accidents do–because of rubberneckers. The media is constantly showing us just the accidents, the rapes, the break-ins, the bad stuff because they know we can’t help it. They want ratings, money, and the power to command our attentions.

Instead of just garbage in, garbage out (we are much more sophisticated than computers btw), let’s look at this algorithm for feeding our minds and creating the lives we want.


I challenge you to turn on what you want in life, turn off the rest. Curate the inputs that come into your life. I’ve done this by going on a low information diet. I’ve shut down all but the necessary notifications on my phone, and I’m looking for specific tools that will only feed me the information I need to know about my business and my goals. I want the best tasting and most nourishing, bread for my head.

Have a great week all! Love you!

Turbidity and Water

Hydrologist sampling for sediment and turbidity, Little Colorado River, Grand Canyon
A USGS hydrographer collecting a suspended-sediment water sample from the Little Colorado River, Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA. Credit: Mike Nolan, USGS

Turbidity makes water cloudy or opaque. Turbidity is the measure of relative clarity of a liquid. It is an optical characteristic of water and is a measurement of the amount of light that is scattered by material in the water when a light is shined through the water sample. The higher the intensity of scattered light, the higher the turbidity. Material that causes water to be turbid include clay, silt, very tiny inorganic and organic matter, algae, dissolved colored organic compounds, and plankton and other microscopic organisms.