In my quest to “Live Well, despite Everything,” I shall soon say “So Long to you my friends, until we meet again.”
Walt Whitman said it better:
Dear friend, whoever you are, take this kiss,
I give it especially to you–Do not forget me;
I feel like one who has done work for the day, to retire awhile…
An unknown sphere, more real than I dream’d, more direct, darts awakening rays about me–So long!
Shirley writes in Entering Lent and Leaving Social Media Behind: Welcoming a More Passive Life:
“As grateful as I am for the Active Life made possible by social media, there’s a part of me that needs more time for rest and reflection. I crave a more Passive Life for awhile. I want to surrender to silence. To show you how my brain has been trained, I wrote those words and then thought, “That would make a great tweet.” I need to stop looking for inspiring 140-character quotes and start listening to my own questions.”
For me, this shall be a time of stillness, patience and listening. A time for Silence.
I know the benefits of silence (I practice silence daily), and I joyfully anticipate receiving more of what Silence does for me:
- Silence refreshes my vitality.
- It restores perspective.
- It heals inner turmoil.
- Silence takes me to the place where I can hear spiritual truth.
- It brings humility.
- Silence prepares my heart to recognize and gratefully receive spiritual blessings–mercy, peace, goodness, joy, faith, hope and love.
- In silence, my heart and soul are revealed.
This lenten Sabbatical is about “Letting Go and Letting God,” which is to say it is a time for me to step back from the demands of the busy world, to turn off the distractions, and to listen to the Spirit.
“To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
Which Season is happening in your life right now?