The Silence of Winter

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In many areas snow brings the silence of winter. It can be a tremendous time for reflection, contentment, and quiet. Nicholas Sparks said it best in his book, The Notebook“We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash, and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. This is the great paradox.”

Take some time this season to appreciate silence and embrace a little quiet to collect your thoughts, sit in gratitude, and dream big about the year ahead.

Something to Think About
Peace is a fundamental requirement that our bodies need. Peace helps us to build and nourish our mental strength. Quietness, calmness, and silence allows us achieve more. It helps us to think more expansively, and sometimes it’s just the catalyst we need to bubble up new and creative ideas and nurtures our well-being.

Weekly Activity
Take time this week to be silent and let the silence nourish your soul. Reflect on 2022, what it holds, and how to make it extraordinary.

Words of Wisdom
“My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people.” – Patricia Highsmith

“Quiet is peace. Tranquility is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it.”- Khaled Hosseini

“Silence is like a river of grace inviting us to leap unafraid into its beckoning depths. It is dark and mysterious in the waters of grace. Yet in the silent darkness, we are given new eyes. In the heart of the divine, we can see more clearly who we are. We are renewed and cleansed in this river of silence. – Macrina Wiederkehr

“When you have nothing to say, say nothing.”- Charles Caleb Colton

“God is the friend of silence. See how nature–trees, flowers, grass–grows in silence; see the stars, the moon, and the sun, how they move in silence.” – Mother Teresa

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