That’s the challenge for today. Turn off the tv, limit internet and phone and just be quiet for awhile. It’s amazing how it can refresh and energize you at the same time.

We’re surrounded by noise all the time. Radio, tv, traffic, etc, etc. Without realizing it, it’s sapping our resources within. Listen behind the artificial noise and you’ll hear things you wouldn’t ordinarily even be aware of. Birds singing, the wind in the trees and sounds that are too soft to be heard over our daily noise.

When it’s quiet and I’m not looking at my tv or computer screen, I look out my windows. I watch the trees change from season to season. I watch clouds scuttling past or slowly moving along. I watch the sun’s progress across the sky or storms roll in. I see wildlife I’d miss if I wasn’t looking outside or sitting on my porch. Daily guests are deer, rabbits and lizards. The dogs are a never ending source of entertainment. My grandkids playing and my grown children going about their business.

When it’s quiet, I also look around my house. My gaze falls on things I’ve picked up travelling. All beautiful and all precious memories. I stare at photos I’ve taken on travels and relive being there. I see details I wouldn’t have noticed if I didn’t do that. I look at photos of my family and offer thanks for such wonderful people being in or having been in my life. I look at my plants and see their growth progress. My house isn’t a dead space. It’s alive with living things and living memories that remind me that this is a house of love.

Look around you and remind yourself of all that’s good in your life. Renew yourself with love and good memories. Make resolutions on ways you can improve your immediate environment to make your space even more welcoming and joyful to you. Take awhile to be quiet and be grateful for all you have, no matter how little or how much. Even if your health is not what you’d wish, you can find joy and appreciation during quiet times.

And that is my wish for you today-joy, appreciation and lots of happiness.

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Sandra Davenport Collins

Mother of three girls, two son-in-laws. Grandma to two boys and two girls along with four dogs and four cats. Living life fully with Chronic Pancreatitis and Fibromyalgia.

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