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Strength In Quietness

Updated on January 4, 2011

"We live in a very tense society. We are pulled apart... and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together.... I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude." ~Helen Hayes

QUIET PLEASE!!! There's just too much noise and goings on, 24/7, and that's no thanks to our new electronic world order we humans have so smartly created. What were we thinking? Ever wish you had another set of mind and body you could delegate at least half of what you're doing to keep up? Someone asked me, "How are you able to run a home, meet with friends, blog, paint, travel, etc, etc, and still do facebook, twit, and manage your webs and other business concerns? My answer is, I don't know. How does anybody live in this crazy world anyway? You have to be a magician! I think i do what i do because i love doing whatever it is i am doing. I live one day at a time, and make the best, if not, make sense of things. You have to love your life, your lifestyle, or not at all! Go figure! Or go to the nuthouse! Which is probably not necessary.

Seriously, I'm either a gifted multi-tasker, or i am too busy to realize that, there is the possibility that i may be missing out on some other essential aspects of my singular life. Gosh, i hope not. I love my family more than anything and i value my friends, it would be regrettable if i failed them. I don't like 'being busy', which is often what people who are so caught up with work parrot, annoyingly. If we are living a meaningful and purposeful existence, using up whatever God given talent we have, life is not about busyness. Life is about having balance, joy and a sense of contentment, or at least, a striving for it.

And just how do we find that balance, or equilibrium?

Moving Away
Moving Away

Just walk away

An inability to stay quiet is one of the most conspicuous failings of mankind. ~Walter Bagehot

We all agree, life on this planet has taken on another sphere, so absurd and even surrreal, no one can and will be able to keep up. Just try. Imagine 500 million facebookers, partying, non stop, right in your living room! You don't need any wardrobe change, put make up, nor brush your teeth to be part of it. You get no less than front seat with a VIP invitation plus, free parking, unlimited validation, attention, name it. You can do your thing, and be engaged as much as you want. WOW! What a life. That is, if you're a party animal, thrive on constant noise, and you don't care at all if you're burned out. Some people i know are ok being "out of synch". No, you don't have to get it.

But, if you're like me who wants soundness of mind, and having both feet down, despite shaky ground, and care about the legacy to give a precocious 6 year old granddaughter, you know when re-adjustments are called for. As great as last year was, filled with so much excitement, accomjplishments, happenings, new friendships, and surprises, i clearly see the word "halt", like a warning sign. That, in order for me to do the same run, or do an even better run, i must let go, rest, find refreshing in my soul, and be quiet for a season. I know i may miss out on some action out there, celebrations and gurly, bff's exchanges (hopefully, not completely), I hope to be back with a better rejuvenated me, stronger, and more focused.

What do i expect from this discipline? Experts tell us what we can achieve in being quiet, and meditative...

  • Increased brain wave coherence.
  • Greater creativity.
  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Decreased depression
  • Decreased irritability and moodiness
  • Increased clarity in thinking and reasoning ability
  • Improved learning ability and memory.
  • Increased self-actualization.
  • Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.
  • Increased happiness.
  • Increased emotional stability.
  • A sense of "Completion"

In ending...

I think about the example of Christ, who went about, everywhere, constantly doing good, teaching, feeding, impacting lives and giving unconditional love, almost tirelessly. Yet, He too rested, moved away from the crowd, and spent time to be alone. To pray.

If His is the ultimate example of a well lived and balanced life, then for me, it is the only way i wish to live mine.


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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      I'm usually preaching to myself Rebekah, but it pleases me when someone else finds something worthy from what i'm trying to convey. Thanks for your kind words.

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      rebekahELLE 7 years ago from Tampa Bay

      beautiful, Island Voice. thanks for posting in on the feed. sometimes when I feel like I have too much going on, I stop and ask myself, what is essential?

      It helps me find that quiet place of awareness.

      You've shared some valuable insight and tips. :]

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you Quill. God truly created nature, the wilderness for our well being. It can't get any better than that. God bless.

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      "Quill" 8 years ago

      Love the peace and quiet I find in nature, especially the wilderness. Gods creation is where I find it always away from all the "White Noise" of the world.

      Great to be aboard and thanks for following.

      Many Blessings

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks Cosette!

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      cosette 8 years ago

      for me, solitude is an excellent muse. lovely hub!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      verylicious: Thanks for your visit and comment.

      barryrutherford: I appreciate your compliment.

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      Barry Rutherford 8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      great story thanks !

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      verylicious 8 years ago from New Brunswick,Canada

      You are soooo right! Quietness is something i love in the early mornings,when everyone else are still in bed!! great hub!!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      Dreamsville and Mermaidajm: and the show must go on! Thanks for your comments.

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      Mermaidajm 8 years ago from Hawaii

      The internet is great in that it keeps us connected to those we love faraway. It's great to be able to share out thoughts and we hope that it will make a difference in a persons life, maybe even several more! It's great that we're able to "love, encourage and pray" for people that without facebook, twitter etc. we would have no clue what was going on in their lives! So it's all good right? BUT then internet becomes "evil" when it becomes an obssession, an escape or a dependence. When we neglect those that are around closer to us. Balance is what's important right? So who determines what's balanced? that's another blog for islandvoice to write about! =)

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      dreamsville 8 years ago

      Real live chats are absolutely incomparable but I don't know how my life will be without internet. =) It's a good and bad thing.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks dreamsville for your candidness about something many of us have to deal with. I think it's all a matter of striking a healthy balance, and with you, I'm sure the baby and hubby will always come first. Btw, how can we not do without our electronic toys?

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      dreamsville 8 years ago

      Very true. People are so drowned with internet nowadays and I an one guilty social networking animal. Living in America taught me how to be productive and living without a maid left me with not much choice. I relax and do chores on the side, I sit by my computer and care for my child at the same time. As much as I can, I try to balance things but I should always watch myself and tap me in the head "Hey! too much Facebook!".