Absence of noise, confusion, and life pressure; cool, calm and collected
All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quiet in a room alone. Blaise Pascal
A quiet day is when the mind is quiet. Marty Rubin
We must have reasons for speech but we need none for silence. Proverb
What is peace and quiet? It can be the absence of noise, chaos, confusion, disturbance and undesirable conditions and circumstances. It often takes concentrated effort on our part to find any peace and quiet in today’s world. It is not always readily available. We have to make a concerted effort to either find or create it. We do need its therapeutic effects and benefits from time to time. Some of us suffer from too little of it in our lives.
Many really lack sufficient peace and quiet. We live too fast and haphazardly. Our lives can be compared to the rat in the maze frantically running around looking for the way out or to find a piece of cheese. Our lives tend toward the chaotic as we rush about trying to get as many things done as possible in the amount of time we have. We are never really done or caught up. It is up to us to know how and when to draw the line and stop to regroup.
We are ultimately in charge of ourselves. We can proactively manage our life or be the victim of our own chaotic and frantic efforts. There are no referees, managers or counselors assigned to us to manage and comply with all that is demanded or expected. It is on us to properly manage the details of how we should live life.
Sometimes we need to stop and catch our breath and access where we are, before jumping back into the fray of living life. Knowing when and where to do this is something we must learn to manage and excel at if we are to find the proper balance of when to go and when to pause. Like our automobiles we need proper maintenance and tuning in order to continuously function at peak performance. If we do not pay attention to the details of how to find a proper balance or fine tuning, we will at some point malfunction or fail to perform at our best. An old oil filter commercial stated “Pay me know or pay me later”. Its message was to keep the oil changed in our cars routinely or we would end up with an engine that needed to be overhauled. Another way of saying this is that sometimes we need to stop and smell the roses. We do need some peace and quiet.
Challenge: Achieving some peace and quiet is something you must do for yourself. It is not necessarily something that will come easy to you. It must be something you must prioritize and fit into your lifestyle. You have twenty-four hours daily and seven days weekly to utilize and schedule within. Finding balance among all the things that demand your time and energy is always challenging. Your quality of life can benefit greatly with some time and attention to peace and quiet.
Wisdom: Silence is a source of great strength. Lao Tzu
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard you hearts and your mins in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
There two kinds of peace and quiet. There is a peace and quiet we can try to achieve from within. A peace and quiet where we try to remove ourselves from the hustle and bustle of daily lives. The ultimate peace and quiet can only come from God. This peace and quiet is of a divine nature and it comes directly from Him. Having a personal relationship with Him empowers us with strengths and abilities we cannot achieve on our own.
Prayer: Help me to be empowered with the peace that comes only from You. May your love shine through me.