Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Find your happy place- CARLETON

Life is full of chaos and noise. It has gotten to the point where we are afraid of quiet. The art of 'Being Still' has bee lost. Whenever there is quiet our thoughts take over and those thoughts can scared us sometimes. So we keep adding to our lives.

Tonight my girls were outside playing so I finished up the dishes and thought I would go and sit down and rest for a few minutes. While I was sitting down to relax I turned on the TV to watch the news, then I thought that I hadn't read the paper today. When I finished the paper I picked up my cell phone and started to play a game on it. Then I realized what I was doing. I had planned to sit down and relax for a few minutes and now I was bombarding my brain into overload. Why do we willingly do this to ourselves?

worship background 4It is time my friends, to embrace quietness and stillness and learn to just 'Be'. It takes time and practise, it will be a challenge for me - I can tell you that! But it is something that I know I need to do. The first step I believe is to find a place where you can find quiet. Also, if you have children that would include a time as well. I have friends who get up at obscene hours in the morning just to guarantee their quiet time. I am not a morning person. I get up because of necessity to take care of my family. I like dusk, the girls have quieted down for the night and I have time to think about my activities of the day - the conversations that took place - and what did I learn today?

Use those precious moments during your day to pause and "Be Still". I am told that your quality of life will increase dramatically. Life throws so much at you each day, I want to be able to treasure those moments of silence and solitude, and use them to become a better wife, mother and friend.

Anyone want to join me on this journey? I am going to need all the encouragement I can get!

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Cj Carleton is the 2008 Canadian Christian Writing Award winner for her first book “What Makes You Unique? Discover the Truth or Believe the lie”.  Learn more about Cj by visiting www.cjcarleton.com

1 comment:

Peter Black said...

C.J., as one who from my youth has been extremely engaged in -- relatively speaking -- ceaseless activity of church / Christian related endeavours, I appreciate the call to accommodate myself to a more contemplative, meditative life. I'm sure I will continue to have difficulty in striking a balance. However, I have found great value in those periods of life when I succeeded in doing just that.
Thank you for this reminder.

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