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!
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.
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.
And there is rest.
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