I love every single moment of “The Holidays”. In my mind they start at my Pumpkin Carving Party at the end of October and go right up to New Year’s Eve. That 9 week time span encompasses my favorite time of year. I’m at my best then, cooking, decorating, planning parties and making merry. But in January, inevitability, I hit a wall. The projects of organizing and deep cleaning that I’ve shoved to the back of my mind, noisily crowd their way front and center bombarding me with clamoring and pesky insistence. Christmas has to be put away and my clothes don’t fit quite like they’re supposed to. My creativity, which seemed endless last month, is dried up. In short Friends…I got nothing.
Instinctively, at this time of year, I know I need to once again, find my sense of place. Have you ever felt that way? Like your out of sorts, don’t have direction or passion about anything and are just in general discombobulated?
There are a few things that help me when I’ve lost my sense of place, but none more important than restoring quiet to my soul.
I start by turning off the noise. Every chance I get I let the quiet seep back in. Since there really is a lot to do around the house, I methodically move through the days as quiet and productive as possible. No blaring voices from the television. No books on my iPod. Not even any music playing. Just quiet in my outside world. At first my mind continues to be a loud blaring mix of worry and circumstance. But as I keep returning my focus to doing the next “right” thing, all the distraction inside me starts to disappear and the most amazing thing eventually happens. The quiet from my outside world slowly swallows the noise in my soul. And finally, I can hear that Small Voice in me that is the Source of my creativity and passion.
Do you need quiet today? Steal 20 minutes to soak in a warm bath or curl up with some hot chocolate behind a locked door. Maybe even get up a few minutes early tomorrow to have your morning coffee all by yourself.
Quiet is the starting point for finding my sense of place.
I’m linking to A Southern Daydreamer’s Outdoor Wednesday today…there will be lots of inspiring photos to check out. Thank you Susan for hosting…