In the hustle and bustle of our world, it seems as if we rarely have quiet time any more. When we notice an empty space on the calendar, we feel like the world expects us to fill that time with activity.
I’m grateful for quiet time. This was reinforced the other day when Judy needed to run several errands. As she had been dealing with Enzo not feeling well while I was away, I offered to stay home with the boy and encouraged her to take her time. I knew the week had been stressful and the time away from “Enzo jail” as she called it would do her good.
Of course, Enzo wasn’t happy that Judy left. He whined for about five minutes, but I got out some of his favorite toys and we played for a good 15-20 minutes. It tuckered him out and soon he had that “I’m ready to take a nap” look. I grabbed a book and thoroughly enjoyed some quiet time with him sleeping at my side or on my lap while I delved deeply into Daniel Silva’s latest thriller.
With some music in the background and the warm puppy by my side, I relished the quiet time after a hectic week of travel and meetings. I nodded off a couple of times as the quiet and comfort of the couch got to me, but it didn’t matter. I was happy to have no other responsibilities as the morning turned into lunchtime, then afternoon.
When Judy came home, Enzo woke immediately and ran to see her. I wasn’t far behind, ready to help unload the car and put away the groceries. We were all back together and I was refreshed from my quiet time, ready to take on my normal responsibilities.
There’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored. Sometimes, the best way to savor the journey is to enjoy the quiet times!
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