Today is a short post to share a simple story. This morning I decided to take a few minutes to meditate before jumping into the mad rush of life. I had no specific goal in mind, nor a focus for what to think about. I simply knew it was time to schedule in a bit of quiet and peace among the craziness of the day to day.
After only a few minutes sitting in a quiet space (relative quiet; I had Ocean Sounds playing from my phone, which tends to stir up thoughts of Hawaii and relax me immensely) my brain started firing a stream of ideas for a new book with such enthusiasm I leaped up and went straight to my computer to write. Several hours later I had an outline and even a few first-draft chapters.
Time and again I have to be reminded that we live in such a fast-paced world full of attention-grabbing distractions that if we don’t schedule quiet time, we don’t get quiet time. And with this experience, I have to wonder: What are we missing out on as a result? I promise you without a few minutes of silence this morning I would not be sitting with the solid start of a future project right now. I would have easily putzed away the past few hours on email or Twitter or checking any news I might have missed over the weekend before getting down to other work. Monday mornings are particularly notorious for this slow-start.
Schedule some quiet time. Make the time for it. It’s important, and you have no idea what will come of it that you’d otherwise never get a chance to see.