Quiet. Stillness. The overcast Autumn afternoon. A time of change…Summer is done. Crops are being harvested. The fields will soon be bare. Leaves are falling. Nights are longer. The land, the seasons, the sky, the world of God’s creatures, the natural world…they all speak of things we need to hear if we stop to listen. Being still for a time and listening to life is not “doing nothing.”
“The people who are least bored are not those who have the most distractions.” – Damaris Zebner
The chaos in many of our lives is the fruit of a decision to be habitually busy and distracted. It is an addiction. Responsibilities keep us busy, but we also have a responsibility to stop and regain our souls. God is found in the stillness we fear. There will always be a certain amount of natural chaos in us and around us, but we must refuse to let it gain control over the natural peace and order God created in us and around us.
“There is no way to peace, peace is the way.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
We are divided within and it leads to division without. We want both peace and distractions. We can’t have both. (Anesthesia and indifference are not peace.) We must stop sometime and allow silence to confront us with what we have been running from in all of our restless seeking. Otherwise, the grave is our only destiny. We are worth more than that.
Quiet. Stillness. The overcast Autumn afternoon. A time of change…being still and listening to life is not “doing nothing.”
(P.S. Your loved ones do not want your accomplishments, they want you.)