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The Silence is Deafening

I have a new night time routine – I listen to rain or beach waves while falling asleep. I’ve also been listening to various YouTube ambiance videos while writing or working at my new desk. It relaxes me. It helps me focus.

But I’ve always been an advocate for silence. Silence is under-rated and rare. When is the last time you stopped and listened to … nothing? Even if the TV is off. No videos are playing on your computer. The room you’re sitting in is quiet … it’s not really silent, is it? For example, I’m by myself, at my desk and I hear the ceiling fan, my typing and the occasional car drive by outside. Even though it’s quiet, I”m comfortable. Because there is SOME sound around me. When you stop, shut off the ceiling fan, stop typing, close your eyes and listen … the silence is almost uncomfortable, because it’s so unusual… unnatural?

I’ve never heard my blood rushing through my veins but when you close your eyes, put in ear plugs and hear nothing but your heartbeat … it’s almost humbling.

I’ve always said our world is way too noisy. I crave silence. I crave quiet. I get overstimulated when there is too much sound, too many things going on at once. Yes. I’m an awesome multi-tasker, but only for a time period. Too much stimulation for long periods of time EXHAUST me. I mean, bone-weary, can’t keep my eyes open, exhaust me. It’s like my body shuts down.

This Ted Talk about silence and what it can teach you about sound is really interesting. I think we all need to learn to be more comfortable with silence. Shut it down, world, we need to recharge.

 

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Where I Sleep When My Snoring is Out of Control

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I know. How embarrassing. But Kevin and I sleep better apart. It used to be his snoring, but now that he sleeps with a sleep apnea machine, that has pretty much taken care of that. And whenever I start gaining weight, or I’m stopped up, I snore – a lot.

So. In order to keep our sanity, I sometimes sleep on the air mattress in our living room.

I think Kevin is starting to feel guilty though. He said he’s going to re-work/re-design his office and buy a futon. That way, when, not if, we need to sleep in separate rooms, I’m sleeping on an actual bed and not the floor.

The floor is not very comfortable.

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One Word

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Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember three weeks from now anyway. Choose just one word.

One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.

It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your word will shape you and your year. It will guide your decisions and help you grow.

Discover the big impact one word can make.

One word: 365 days.

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Christmas is in Three Days and I Haven’t Wrapped a Single Present …

… BUT. Kevin went to work, the boys are still snoozing away and now would be the perfect time for me to get my butt out of this computer chair and WRAP GIFTS.

So.

I’m going to go do that.

But I’ll be back later(ish) will more posts because I’m so far behind, ya’ll! I need to catch up.

Here’s a cute little movie that made the email rounds at work this past week to entertain you while you wait on me …

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Shh. Take a Moment. Unplug. Get Quiet. Reassess.

I love this video.

How many of you get quiet? How many of you step away from your electronic toys, from other human beings, from environmental noise and just savor the moment?

It cleanses your soul. Even if you can’t get somewhere like pictured in this video, grab a chair, sit next to a window, go outside and sit on your stoop, take a drive to a park, or a nearby lake – and just sit. Breathe. Soak in the quiet.

Clear your mind.

Heal your soul.

Life is crazy. The holidays are hectic. Family is exhausting.

Sometimes, you just need to step away … and breathe.

Try it.