Not very quiet. And, this month, I needed to be quiet.
At the end of the month, I have checked three things off that list, most of the first week's tasks, but only one thing from the rest of the list.
What have I learned? Being quiet is not always about being silent. Rather than being silent, there is quiet strength and energy in being still. I took the time to step back, rest, and take more time with the sons here at home than with the stuff.
"He leads me beside still waters."Psalm 23: 2
|A cross stitch our daughter made for me - it hangs on our office wall|
John Henry Jowett, in My Daily Meditation, says,
"...contemplation determines character."
"Love is the lens through which I discern the secret things of God."I pulled out Keep a Quiet Heart, by Elisabeth Elliot, to read as my devotional. Because the quality, the quiet of our days is determined by how we think, where our hearts are focused, and by the lens through which we view life.
In my planner, instead of a heavy to-do list, I copied a list of "quiet" synonyms from the Thesaurus. Besides the obvious, familiar definitions, I found: restful, untroubled, unruffled, composed, steady, unexciteable, imperturbable, contented, mellow, subdued...
I have much to learn.
I'm afraid I am more like the storm front moving in, a frown across the sky.
I can learn to be quiet like the steady, gentle, drifting snowflakes. Or, I can be quiet in the middle of a rowdy rambunctious wrestling match of happy brothers. Or, I can be quiet in the middle of a day when things are not going the way I want and the frustration level rises. Again, I have much to learn, with a quiet smile. More ideas to share tomorrow.