Five Minute Friday – LISTEN

Every Friday, I join a special group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE.

I’m amazed again that the prompt word this week is perfectly suited for the circumstances around me. This week, the word is LISTEN. Go!

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What an intense week of noise, noise, and more noise! My eldest son is in the final stages of his Grade 12 Trial Exams, and he’s been home all week studying. No, he’s not the typical kid who studies in silence. He’s a drummer. He’s called to be a drummer. He thinks like a drummer. He studies best with LOUD music and drums going on in the background. It’s how his brain works.

In normal doses, I also enjoy the noise and activity of a busy family. There’s life in it. I LOVE to hear my kids practice―guitars, drums, piano, singing. But I must admit that my brain doesn’t work like Joshua’s.

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So today I put myself in a “time out.” Not because I’m angry or behaving badly, but because I long for silence.

I’m desperate for silence.

I ache for silence.

Today, I canceled appointments and opted not to go anywhere. And as the house is empty and the kids are at school, I gladly absorb the quiet around me. It calls to me as I retreat to my room. I hear the clock tick. I hear the birds outside. Traffic in the far distance. And I feel the noise in my head seep away into the void.

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I listen.

I can hear myself think. I can hear my heartbeat. I can hear Holy Spirit say, “You CAN do this!” Click To Tweet

Ahhhhhhhhh….

And there is rest.

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12 replies
    • Shauna Blaak
      Shauna Blaak says:

      Yes, my friend, we do! Especially when there is a brand new BABY in the house! Congratulations, by the way! We’re so happy for you!
      Make sure you’re also taking some ME-time for Lise!
      Love you lots! Thanks for always visiting!

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  1. Jeanne Takenaka
    Jeanne Takenaka says:

    Shauna, I love that you gave yourself the gift of silence. We definitely need that, don’t we? I have a boy who plays drums too. He doesn’t have his own drum set, yet, so we don’t have that noise, yet. 🙂 I hope your day is quiet and restful!

    I did this on Tuesday. I chose not to do a couple things I probably should have done, but . . . I needed time at home. Alone.

    Enjoy your silence!

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    • Shauna Blaak
      Shauna Blaak says:

      Haha, I actually married a drummer, so I should’ve known that life would be noisy. Now, it’s just a matter of finding productive ways of coping with the talent, creativity, and volume. Thankfully, my son has become an even better drummer than my husband is so at least the quality is good! 🙂
      I’m so glad you came by. Have a lovely week!
      P.S. My “time out” on Friday was exactly what the doctor ordered. Amazing!

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  2. Lesley
    Lesley says:

    I’m glad you got some space and some silence. I think it’s important to step away from the noise sometimes and be restored.

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    • Shauna Blaak
      Shauna Blaak says:

      Hey, Emma. It’s true, those times of rest and silence are precious and worth guarding.
      I just came from reading your post about the symptoms of stress. Our bodies really do tell us when we MUST stop, don’t they? Such a good reminder.
      I trust that you will have a great week and find some ME-time sometime in the middle of being super-mom. 🙂
      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  3. Mary Hood
    Mary Hood says:

    I love how silent and listen have the same letters. You can’t listen without the silent. Beautifully written. You “ache” for silence. Yes, I have that same ache so often. Thank you.

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    • Shauna Blaak
      Shauna Blaak says:

      I think that ‘ache’ is more common than we realize. This week has been such a good reminder to pursue silence and listen.
      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  4. Amber
    Amber says:

    Two toddlers in the house, I know a little something about noise! Glad you got a day of rest. It’s so good for the soul.

    Amber

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