For the past few weeks, I’ve been challenging myself to get more “quiet time.” Each morning, my son and I go on a walk. I don’t take an iPod, I don’t call or text anyone, it’s just him and I.
About halfway through our walk he ends up falling asleep. Then its just me. Alone. More or less.
At first, it was hard to just “be quiet”. But then the quiet began to grow on me. Now, I look forward to the quiet. Here’s why.
- I watch my son. I mean really watch him. I can look at his face, the way he sighs when he breathes, his little pursed lips. As I look at him, I take in everything about him and savor the moments I have while he is still my little boy.
- I collect my thoughts. I have always been a deep thinker. People used to joke that I was 10 going on 40. I am one of those people who thinks, rethinks, and then over thinks just about everything. Having some quiet time allows me the time I need to sort everything out and put it in its place.
- I plan my day. It’s hard to prioritize when you have a little one. No matter how hard you try, not everything is going to get done. There will be that unfinished project, the corner of the house that needs organized, or that load of laundry still waiting for you at the end of the day. By taking some quiet time, I can figure out what is absolutely necessary to get done.
- I think about the future. For the first few months of my son’s life, it was all about survival. Just getting through one day and onto the next was more than enough. Now, I’m already thinking about what comes next. Walking, talking, school. I’m still sorting out my plans, but it is nice to have some idea of what is happening.
- I work on my business. I’m always getting good ideas for new projects, marketing strategies, blog posts, and other business related things. It’s nice to have the time to plan my next steps. The hard part is remembering everything when I get home.
- I can know what I think. When you have music blasting in your ear, or someone else’s opinion shouting through the phone, it is hard to know what you are thinking. It is important to separate what you think from what others are telling you.
- I quiet my mind. After thinking of all the things that I think about (confusing, I know), I can finally put everything to rest and quiet my mind. Eventually I come to the end of things that I am pondering and just look at the world around me.
- I watch the world. I see all the runners, headphones in. The walkers, talking to a friend or on their phones. The bikers, rolling along in their troupes. All these people, unaware of me or anyone else.
- I pray. I pray for lots of things. My country, family, friends, community. I think of the many things that need God’s hand.
- I converse with my Creator. Eventually, at some point during our walk, especially when my mind is quiet, I put aside what I am thinking, planning, and worrying about to simply thank God for His goodness in my life. There are so many distractions in this life. For the first time in a very long time, I have felt closer to God than ever. I’ve been focusing on His word more, which has been drawing me closer to Him. Our daily walks help me to reflect on what I am reading and to continue our daily conversation.