Saturday, June 6, 2009

Not a Sound

I took a bit of a break from some forums I am on, announcing my presence would be a bit sparse over the next few weeks. I'm not exactly sure when I'll be back to full speed again or if I even want to be. I need a bit of room, a little margin in my life and more time to be in the moment here at home. I also needed to finish our homeschooling and all the paperwork that goes along with that and take some time to renew both physically and mentally as I have been a bit overwhelmed. The first few days, I still went at life with a fast clip just trying to knock out my "to do" list. But in the moments that followed with each task completed and just not being so connected to my lap top by the hip, I began to notice a calm, a silence come over me. This weekend I feel much better rested. I still have a long ways to go with my paperwork, but in a quiet moment contemplated the value of stepping back, disconnecting from electronics and rigid schedules. I even day dreamed a bit how life used to be as a kid, just hanging out at my Grandparent's homestead in lawn chairs, sipping ice tea and not necessarily saying all that much but enjoying the quiet. Kids today are missing a lot of that unstructured time and quiet in return for a hurried pace. I'm not a poet, so this came to me in a still moment more as a thought or ministry all at once and I thought I'd share it. I did not bother editing it, fiddling with it or anything--as I said, I am on break you see!
Not a Sound

Where did the silence go

the pause in the every day

The bow of heads at meals
the break at mid-day

Lawn chairs in a circle
porch swings that gently sway

The walk without words
hands intertwined

A slight nod
a glance come my way

When did it all stop
being worthy of our time

In this world today
where did the silence go?


Heather said...

Peace and silence are balm to the soul. I've found that to be true, and I know you will too.

lots of love, Heather xxx

Ganeida said...

Try telling Ditz that silence is golden! lol. She was making noises at the t.v tonight over something. She is sooo strange.

Your words on silence are lovely & I agree with you. I may go off like a damp squib all over the place but I find my centre in the silence too.

Renee said...

What you have written about silence is beautiful. It is so important isn't it I enjoy it more and more as years go by.

Jan Lyn said...

Thank you all for for your kind words. I've always been one to need a certain amount of quiet time to renew.

There's not much silence around here Ganeida so I can relate. I claim a few fields off limits as well as my bath tub as my refuge at times! And Renee, I glean a lot of comfort and wisdom from your blog.

Yes, Heather I am learning I need much more of that balm to my soul and it's been a challenge on the blue screen I know you understand my need to take a back seat for a while.

Love and Peace to you all!
Jan Lyn