The power went out tonight as I sat on my couch with my laptop trying to write something pithy and dynamic for my blog. In a mere second, everything went dark and silent as the room went black. It distracted me from what I was writing so I stood up to walk outside to check if my neighbors had also lost power. As I opened the door, the cool breeze brushed across my face and the only sound I could hear was the wind passing through the trees. The dark blanket of night extended as far as the eye could see, leaving only the full moon to illuminate the night sky. As I watched the clouds pass over the moon, a sense of peace and calm washed over me like a wave in the ocean does when you dive beneath it. In that instant, I remembered how much I miss the ocean and how much I miss having silence and time to relax.
It’s funny how much noise we allow into our lives without even realizing it. In a split second, everything stopped, the light was gone, and I was sitting in silence. I could no longer hear the fans or the television I was running in the background. I had no power, no internet, no technology to distract me from what remains when everything else stops. It’s funny where the mind wanders to when you left alone in the silence with your thoughts. All the pressures of the day had faded away like the moon does when the sun rises in the morning. All the noise that distracts us from peace we all have but often fail to appreciate, was gone.
I went back into the house to check on my family who were all nestled in their beds, peacefully unaware that the power had turned off. I went on my phone to report the outage and sat back on the couch with only the light of my laptop screen illuminating the room. All the thoughts and ideas I had brainstormed for this introductory post left with the light. There was only the dark stillness of the night with the sound of the gentle breeze blowing through the plants and trees to break the silence.
The warm, summer night made it too hot to go to bed in a room normally cooled by air conditioning. It was more comfortable to sit in the living room with the sliding door and windows open to allow the gentle breeze to pass through. With nothing to do and no internet or television to distract me, I decided to open my laptop and journal my thoughts as I sit waiting for the power to return. As eager as I was to see the lights turn on so I could go to bed, I was comforted by the solitude and serenity the dark night that filled my living room offered me.
As a full time working wife and mother, I seldom get alone time, let alone quiet alone time to reflect, recharge, and relax. It was refreshing and envigorating to have this time just for me. I honestly can’t remember the last time I was truly alone without power, noise, technology, or devices to distract me. Sometimes you need God to force you to appreciate the simple joys of life that often get overlooked . If the power hadn’t gone out, I wouldn’t have given a second thought to the sound of the wind in the trees. I would have gone to bed with all the stress I was internalizing still at the forefront of my mind.
The light and noise returned with a boom. I turned it all off to return to the darkness and quiet. I soaked up the solitude and tranquility as long as possible before the exhaustion of the day caught up with me. My eyes drew heavy and I started to doze off. In my final moments of imperturbation, I was so grateful for the time I had. I highly recommend some self-imposed tranquility and peace. Take the time, make the time. I plan to do this on a weekly basis (or more). Sitting in the quiet with nothing but your thoughts is restorative for the soul.
It’s funny how different the introductory post to this website was going to be before the power went out. I feel like I have so much left to say and so much of me left to share… but that can all wait for now. I will leave you with a thank you for visiting my blog. I hope that we can get to know each other more along the way. For now, my “About” page will have to suffice. If you have questions, feel free to ask! I want this website to be more than just a blog. I hope for it to become a place of conversation where minds can coverge, discuss and share. Leave me a comment, share your thoughts!
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