Listen to the Day
Listen to the day, and what it says, in whispers of wind upon the sounds of playing children... Shrieks of delight and roars of competition - foes fallen and friends united, brothers in love.
Listen to the day, with grubby hands and feet, blonde strands of hair plastered with sweat and determination to little heads, intently bent over a lady bug, inspecting its spots.
Listen to the day, the heat of the sun on my legs, and I ponder home. I miss fireflies and waves, cicadas and sweet tea, the smell of pine permeating the summer air. I miss the sunset, with its million different reds and golds and purples, glinting off the sound in perfect reflection of God’s grace.
Listen to the day, and the soul of the call to prayer at dusk, when everything stills and the traffic lessens, and full bodied songs travel through the city, tucking it in for the evening.
…And yet, this is home.
That is the first time I've written anything remotely poetic since high school.
Amazing things happen when you just stop yourself and listen. Put a halt to the meanderings of your mind and just sit for five minutes. Let thoughts float in and then let them go or jot them down if you are inspired.
I’ve begun a serious daily attempt at this. You can call it living in the moment or finding your flow or quieting your mind or whatever you want, but the point is to just stop and listen for five minutes, as distraction free as you can.
For me, the easiest time to do this is in the afternoons or morning, while the boys are having play time outside. Yes, they are running and yelling and playing and being their rambunctious selves, but if I put my mind to it, I can actually get in the time to just listen.
You can do this too! Over your morning coffee. Or in the evening with your spouse. Or after you put the kids on the bus. Or in the bathtub.
What do you see? What do your hear? What do you feel? Now take a deep breath and let it all just BE.
Now I find I’m stopping to listen throughout the day, as a mindful and diligent practice.
Here is what happened:
I’m less worried about my to do list- whether it be blog related, kid related or house related.
I’m less concerned about cramming in as much as possible, and more concerned about slowing down and living well.
I’m (slowly) letting go of the habit of stretching myself too thin, mentally and physically. This is an especially difficult thing for me to do.
The result: I feel like I accomplished more at the end of the day, than when I don’t take the time to stop and listen.
You know what else?
I’m more patient with the kids.
I’m yelling less (more on this in a future post).
I’m less cranky at the end of the day when H gets home.
I hurt less.
I breathe easier.
I'm more inspired and creative.
All from a very practical five minutes of stilling my mind and listening.
So I challenge you to do this: Listen to the day. Five minutes. For five days.
Then tell me in the comments how it changed your Happyness.
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