Oh, how I’ve missed this. The pouring forth of the letters. The release of pent up feelings. The distribution of thoughts. The formulation of words that somehow become something from nothing. Words composed to become a coherent collection of ideas that may bring about understanding and enlightenment, especially when used the way they were intended. Words are powerful, I know that full well.
It has been a little while since I have been able to sit still and write words. Truth be told I have had trouble sitting still recently, but still I needed to be, and still you should be too.
Be still at least for a moment, but aim for as many as you can.
In the rush of the day, in the madness and the chaos, and in the topsy-turvy turmoil that surrounds us all, we need to take some time to be still. To be quiet. To listen and to look for the wonder that is all around us, and the magic in our very own hearts. We desperately need to see the Winks and we seriously need to hear the Whispers.
I have a bad habit of doing. And doing. And doing. I know that I am not the only one. I do out of love. I do out of duty. I do out of obligation. Sometimes I do just to be doing.
But am I really getting anything done? Am I getting anywhere at all? Not always. The more I do the more there is, and more does not necessarily equate better. I’m coming to learn that less is sometimes a whole heck of a lot more. The world will try to tell you otherwise, as it shouts that you need more, screams that you should do more, and yells that you should have more. The world will bombard you with images, showing you that you should spend more, portraying that you should look like more, conveying that you should shop more, buy more, browse more. More. More. More. Faster. Hurry or you might miss out! Yet the harsh reality is that when we live like this we really are missing out. On peace. On tranquility. On meaning and value. On Winks and Whispers of a much better way.
Friend, the world is wrong. Slow down for a minute, and trust me, because this just might be the Wink or the Whisper you need. Take a breath and take a break.
A Wink is a glimpse, or a peek into something profound when you learn to look, and a Whisper is that quiet voice, the hushed instruction that you can only hear if you learn to be still. When you truly listen you will hear, and when you truly look you will see. There is so much more to look at and to listen to when you start looking for less and start listening in the quiet. There is much more when you have less. Less stress, less worry, less anxiety, which leads to more peace, more joy, more faith.
I have to remind myself often, as a doer of many things, to be still. It is then, and only then, that true peace finds me, holds me, directs me and gives me more. When overstimulated I will go into a quiet room and shut the door and shut the world out, or I will step outside in nature and let the real world in. I have had Winks and Whispers both ways, but my nature walks are by far my favorite. There is something about the wonder of creation that puts everything into perspective, and opens our hearts and minds to receive more of what we need and less of what we don’t.
We don’t need more things to fill our time. We need less things to have more meaningful time. We need to look for direction and listen for instruction by being less and doing less so that we can become more. We need to get back to the basics before we forget what the basics are.
I took a long walk yesterday, as I do on most days to unwind. Filling my mind with pretty images of fall colors and my heart with letting go. I prayed for more guidance and insight and was given a Wink and a Whisper. A Whisper to do a little less. To have a little less. So that I may do a little more of the right things. A Wink of a vision to just get away for a little while so that I can arrive at where I really need to be.
We tend, as humans, with all of our flaws and our sometimes distracted and distorted perspectives, to overcomplicate absolutely everything. We can muddle up a very good thing really quickly by doing instead of experiencing, when all we really need to do is untangle, unravel and relax. We do not need more to be more. We do not need to do more to have more. Open your eyes and see, and open your ears and listen. Most of all open your heart to receive.
Receive more with less. Simplify. The world is your oyster, given to you to enjoy, by the One who created it, and created you. He knows that you need less to have more, and He gave ALL so that you could have the choice.
There is so much more out there for less. Trust those little Winks and Whispers. Trust the One who shows you more when you take the time to have less.
Less really is more. Watch and listen. Be still and be happy.
Nay ~ humble girl
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“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.””
“But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.”
“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.””
“the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;”
““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
“For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.”