Silence is Golden (or as my school teachers use to put it “Golden be silent!)
This will be the last bit of Wednesday Wisdom for now until we meet again next year. I look forward to seeing many of you over the coming weeks as we visit and celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Whether we get a chance to visit or not, I will share with you something I find to be an exceptional gift to myself and therefore to my family. That is taking time in between the Christmas chaos and the New Year awakening and going to be silent. In the past I have snuck away to a retreat in Wakefield, VA and spent a couple of days in solitude and silence. In order to quiet my monkey mind and set goals and get focused for the bigger and better I would chase each year. This year I am going to add gratitude and mindful breathing (video here). Over the last several months I have added gratitude to my daily journaling and have found that it has changed my writing significantly. In fact, it has ebbed to the point, I barely fill a page beyond the list of ten things I am grateful for that morning. In the past, those pages would be filled with discontent or longing in some area of life. Don’t get me wrong, I can still go on a rant now and then, but beginning my day with gratitude really changes my perspective on things.
So there it is, my wish for you this season is for you to SHUT UP. Seriously, escape if you can for a couple of days or even an afternoon hiding out down at Back Bay. Find a place to reflect on the year past, dream of the year to come and be grateful.
Silence is Golden and now Golden will be Silent.