The silence was almost deafening! Since having a child, as some of you may know, there’s constant noise, toys dropping, crying, and even whining. Did I mention whining?
Even after our almost 3-year-old goes to bed, there’s a sense of rushing around to get things done and reorganized (with all of this free time!!): laundry, dishes, picking up toys, catching up with my wife and …. well, more. Is there ever enough time to enjoy some silence?
So mom (my wife) and daughter took off for a few days to visit family and I’m home alone. The lack of noise was nice, but it wasn’t until the next day, the silence was almost deafening. Like I needed some background noise to almost appease my mind that demanded routine busyness! Do you know what I mean?
There is immense value in silence I had forgotten about. In the days being a bachelor I loved backpacking! Getting into the woods and hearing only the birds and trees blow is truly refreshing to my soul. No deadlines. No interrupting phone calls, texts or emails. No kids screaming for attention. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my world of technology, being a dad, husband and business owner.
But this time at home by myself was very much the same as backpacking. Simply refreshing.
How often do we create the time to refresh our inner most self? I mean truly make the effort to block the time off. No cell phone, no music, no interruptions. Well, it may happen on its own once in a while, but I’d like to argue that that’s not good enough.
It’s summer in the northern hemisphere (to be fair to those down-under). Let’s carve our time to just be in that place that refreshes you. No noise. Turn off the phone (not just vibrate it). No Facebook. Make sure the people you care about know this is happening, of course. But spend the day (or more if you can) to take it all in!
Listen. Notice. Write. What you want to spend less time doing. Prioritize. What else surfaces?
When you return, notice your level of productivity, focus, happiness and appreciation for what you have! You spouse and kids (and, if you really needed it, maybe your boss) will surely notice.
Report back in the comments below. I’d like to hear what else comes up…