We are always on, always connected, always thinking, always talking. There is no time for stillness — and sitting in front of a frenetic computer all day, and then in front of the hyperactive television, doesn’t count as stillness.
This comes at a cost: we lose that time for contemplation, for observing and listening. We lose peace.
Summer means many things for family: camps and camping, swimming lessons and wading pools, exciting travel and quiet appreciation of home. If we don’t actively invite stillness into the days of summer, even the lazy days of summer can become crowded with noise.
Today, take a moment to seek out stillness and invite reflective quiet into the day. Model this for your children and encourage them to spend a moment or two of quiet, thoughtful stillness. Do the same thing tomorrow and the day after. Pursuing peace is a priority driven by intention, and the reward is always worth it.
How and when will you be still today?
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