Quiet does not come naturally to me. Even when I am able to escape the rush and chaos of daily life, the noise in my head can be overwhelming. A rerun of the day’s activities, a mental review of a to-do list, or pondering problems that may, or may not, exist. Figurative noise that keeps me on edge and makes rest a challenge.
While I wish I could write that I have learned the secret to silencing the mental clutter, I can only say that I have an idea of where to begin. In his book, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis wrote the following about the deliberate practice of pursuing quiet:
It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind.
I can certainly relate to the idea of my day beginning with hopes, ideas, problems, and lists “rushing at me like wild animals.” There are many days where it feels like the entire zoo shows up once. Lewis’s words provide a prescription for finding peace in the chaos of our daily lives — an opportunity to be intentional in our pusuit of quiet.
For a few minutes each day,
- Shove “the zoo” aside
- Listen to the other voice – calm, peaceful, and assuring
- Consider a different perspective
- Stand back from the noise – quit fretting
…come in out of the wind.