Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Inspiration Arises with Quiet

Some day soon this will be the view from my porch
Federal Debt and oil prices are rocketing through the roof again and, while this pisses me off, something more basic is plaguing me today. Once more I'm giving away my quiet time.

Last March I posted about this very thing and just rereading the article quiets me. So I'm sharing with you. Maybe you'll get your own little piece of zen and a resolve to reclaim your quiet time.

In the Quiet of Morning
I realized this morning that I am a little off-kilter. Well, maybe a lot. The realization has been sitting there, staring me in the face. Guess I've been too 'busy' to let it in.

I finally tore myself away from the computer and sat on the steps in the sun. It's still chilly here in North Georgia, 31 degrees when I went out. I put on my Koolaburras, grabbed a throw to wrap around my legs and donned my uberheavy Brian Head sweatshirt. I took my breakfast with me, a handful of raw walnuts, a plum and the last inch of green tea in my cup.

This is what has been missing in my life. Sitting. Being quiet. First thing. To start my day. This is what feeds me. CLICK to read the rest of the article.
You can also see that, while the writing has vastly improved in the last 10 months, the voice remains the same. At least that's my take. What's yours?

Do you treat yourself to quiet time? Is it sacred?

~ Olivia J. Herrell


Yvonne Osborne said...

Thanks, Olivia, for sharing this excellent piece of writing. Quiet time is what has been missing from my life, especially after the holidays. I have to be alone to think and write. Some people don't understand that. In fact, I'm off to do that right now...to spend a little time in the greenhouse to nurse my struggling spinach and mizuna. Quiet time is sacred. And, yes, the national news pisses me off too.
(love your view, by the way)

Dempsey Sanders said...

brilliant piece of writing Olivia. I long for a bit of quiet time now and then but got so much going on right now. When I write I like to stick on Barry White in the background

Karen Walker said...

Hello Olivia,
Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. I'm so glad you found me so that I could discover you right back. As I get older, I find I need more and more quiet time in my life. Without it, I'm discombobulated.
Don't know what I'll do when hubby retires and is home with me all day, but for now, I pretty much have quiet whenever I need it.


I always try to get some quiet time to reflect on where I'm heading and what direction.
Also inspiration comes into the equasion and think about future poems. I think quiet time is priceless.


February Grace said...

As an INFJ on the Keirsey scale I find that if I don't get a certain amount of quiet I get overwhelmed. I can only take so much bright light, and noise. I can't stand it if the TV is going mindlessly in the background and people are talking over it, not even watching it. I detest crowds, and one of my personal ideas of hell is a large live sporting event.

So I do really relate to and appreciate this post (and thanks for the link to the older one!) I stopped using Twitter because the chatter, feeling like endless commercials, got to be too much. Facebook is easier to manage, I think. Social media may be the way of the future, but I for one still need time to unplug.


Along These Lines ... said...

Thanks for the visits in 2010, and have a great new year.

Arlee Bird said...

I do enjoy some quiet time--sometimes with some appropriate music to enhance the quiet time. Mornings and nights can be especially conducive to reflective quiet for me.

Tossing It Out

Walter Knight said...

Quite time? What's that? Quiet time is for wimps. Get out there and make noise. Become part of the ADD problem.

Sorry, I'm kidding. Guys call quiet time "Give me my own space." It usually gets us into trouble. Noise in our lives is the price of being popular.

"Computer time" now rivals bathroom time. Being a problem solver, I have remodeled to add bathrooms, and installed more computers. Hmmm, if I could only install a computer in the bath room. Yuk! Actually, maybe I'm on to something.

Obviously my mind wanders too much when I wake up to a quiet house. I should go to a casino, but that is another problem. I'll stay home. For a while. Probably. It's raining.

Keep writing,


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