Shhhhh. It’s Saturday.

Mar 26

Shhhhh. It’s Saturday.

shhhDon’t hold me to the specific details, but a few years back I read a report about the weather in the big cities and industrial areas of Japan. Apparently, it would start raining at just about the same time on Friday nights and for a specific amount of time. Local meteorologists thought it was because the cities were so busy and bustling, there was some sort of weather related reaction that caused nature to almost want to clean up the aftermath of the intensely busy weeks. That’s how I feel about Saturdays, or in my case, Shabbat, the day of rest. It’s my emotional palate cleanser where I can try to tune out and hope that I find a way to recharge.

I recently read this quote by Mother Teresa that made me think about why some of us need and crave still moments in our lives:

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.
I’m not sure that I entirely agree with all of it. I’m certain that the sun and moon and stars and maybe even the poppies and tulips and mighty oaks make their own sounds, but that we aren’t necessarily able to hear them. But I do agree about the notion of silence. About trying to tune out the craziness in our too connected world and find a way to be still and find peace within ourselves.
Today’s #ALeapOfFaithChallenge is about needing silence. There’s been a lot of talk about introverts vs. extroverts and everyone in the middle, but what about those of us who crave moments of deep stillness and alone time? And what about those of us who fear that silence and can’t handle that much still time? Do you agree with Mother Teresa that we need silence to be able to touch souls? I’ll be thinking about that for the rest of the day!

Faithfully yours,
Rachelthe daily leap 1

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