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April 20, 2011

quiet fears

For years I feared Quiet. Quiet meant the house was empty and I was alone. I did not know what to do with Quiet, except spend it with the only one around which was me. 

Recently I discovered it was not the Quiet I was afraid of, it was spending time with someone I did not know. Alone I was a stranger to myself. I had defined myself as a mother, a friend, a coworker, a partner and a neighbor. These are all good to be, however it included other people to complete the definition of myself; children, friends, working at a job, being in relationships, going outside my home. To be who I always thought of myself to be did not involve Quiet or alone.

Once I realized why I thought I feared the Quiet, I decided to get to know me. I found I liked myself and being alone with my thoughts was not that bad after all. I found feelings, needs, passions, creativity, new tastes in music and freedom that had been buried and was waiting to emerge. I actually needed Quiet to learn all this, for had life been noisy and chaotic I would never had the chance to hear the gentle, graceful whispers of my soul.

Quiet is now good. Quiet is no longer scary. And on some days, Quiet is welcomed.

What is Quiet to you?


Marie Anne said...

Quiet took some getting used to, but now that I've had it a while, I prefer it. Noises and distractions are hard to deal with now that I'm more set in my ways.

Popping in by way of the A-Z Challenge. I’m blogging at:
Write, Wrong or Indifferent
Marie Anne’s Missives
In the Garden With Sow-n-Sow
Every Day Crochet

~Rasz~ said...

I'm so glad you popped by Mary Anne. I will be visiting your blogs also. I am glad to know I am not alone in the getting use to quiet. Thank you for your comment and links to your blogs also.

Heather Henry said...

I don't mind the quiet and the times I do, I will usually listen to music. To me quiet is a time for reflection or prayer. I like to get up early before the boys are up and moving about. I sit in my front room, listen to the birds sing and read and talk to God, over a cup of coffee. That's probably the most quiet part of my day. I enjoy it and my day seems to go better when I've had that time.

Eddie Zacapa said...

What a good reminder. I'm glad to hear that you have time to enjoy some quiet moments. I enjoy reading, prayer, journaling, long walks and dreaming when I am alone and have some quiet time.

Gregg said...

I find it such a shame that so many people, particularly teens who need an MP3 player, iPod, et cetera plugged to their ears 24/7. Many people can't stand the sound of silence because in silence and solitude it is just you and you. It grieves my heart so much that so many people do not like their own company for so many reasons and constantly blast music, TV and such to drown the silence and keep them from themselves.

I love the quiet. Particularly the quiet of the early morning around 4:00 AM, especially here in the country. No sirens, cars, freeways, factories, and such. It is so gorgeous, we are snuggled up against Mt Solo. The morning is clear, crisp, and brisk - birds slowly wake up and chirp, the wind rustles through the grass, eventually the sun breaks over the tip of the Mt. That is quiet to me. Because I can God's hand in it all and I can hear the voice of God through His creative power saying, Look at me, look, don't look at you or the problems around you. Look at my beauty, my glory, my holiness, my majestic prowess, look at my mercy, and my grace, and my goodness to you. That is quiet. When the soul is quiet and still, not churning and burning, but quiet and can hear God say to your soul, Grace and peace to you. It is well with your soul.
Gregg Metcalf
Colossians 1:28-29

Gospel-driven Disciples

nutschell said...

I like a little quiet when I'm writing. I can hear my characters better that way. :)

Great meeting you through the A-Z!


MISH said...

I love quiet ... it's a time for reflection ... to connect with your inner-self ... it's calming and refreshing ... thereafter , you feel re-vitalised and ready to face the world again !


~Rasz~ said...

Gregg, I so agree! I use to drown out the quiet with anything. Now the quiet is such a special time. Amazing the beautiful sounds of nature that are heard when the artificial sounds are off. I also love to listen to the world around me waking up in the morning. Thanks for such a wonderful comment.

Hi Nutshell. Thanks for stopping by. I just saw your blog and read your R post on Renaissance Faire, awesome!

Mish you are so right. Once connected with our inner-self, peace enters. Thank you for your comment.