“Quietude, which some men cannot abide because it reveals their inward poverty, is as a palace of cedar to the wise, for along its hallowed courts the King in his beauty deigns to walk.” Charles H. Spurgeon
Nature is beautiful but most of us are too busy to enjoy it… For every moment we spend caught up in the hustle and bustle of a demanding world, there is a toll exacted on our nerves and even on our soul. We need time away from the din to sit quietly in a park or under an ancient tree and relax… We need to seize the moment to just rest and do nothing but watch the butterflies and busy bees gather their nectar; to watch fish poke through the water’s surface to catch a glimpse of you, of us… The quietude will come, but we must put our gadgets down…. just for a little while.
When was the last time you went fishing? When did you last sit on a smooth rock in nature and watch the birds flit from shrub to tree? When did you last listen to the tick-tock of that magnificent clock caged behind your ribs? When did you first notice that silence has its own unique sound? If you have found those moments, then be grateful for the Quietude
I hear it all the time, the lovebirds sing it in popular songs; look around my dear friend, stay a while and smell the lilies; the flowers of life… Let go of the crankiness, shake away the mental cobwebs, forget the scathing comments, biting words, admonishments and scornful looks of those scoured by endless work. They are the walking dead, dazzled by worn suits… one stroke away from an attack; a heart that took a wrong turn. Turn away and seek the peace that comes from gauging when to pause and when to proceed. Where is your quietude? Find the time to be silent inside as well as out. We need to be grateful for those moments when we can and must sit and be still… clarity and creativity, even happiness will meet us there.
“. . . these are the times of dreamy quietude, when beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean’s skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember, that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang.” Herman Melville
When will you sit by the river and watch the sun set? When will you find the time to enjoy the internal music of the gods inside your head if you do not remove your headsets? Those phones and gadgets that keep us connected can strip us of our need for healing solitude. Don’t let your time be taken away by another text message… Be still.
Time ticks away and we postpone our day of rejuvenating rest because we believe the day will come when we will come to rest at earth’s door. We will rest by some obscure ocean, at some exotic isle on vacation, or perhaps permanently UNDERGROUND… away from other scarred men and women who, like us, waited too long to sit and be grateful for the moments of quietude.
What are your thoughts? How do you gauge when it is time to take some rest to reflect and be quiet? Do share. Thank You! 🙂
Positive Motivation Tip: The quiet times in our lives strengthen us for the tough storms, but to be strong, we must embrace the quietude and be grateful for the rest.
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