In my quest to “Live Well, despite Everything,” I shall soon say “So Long to you my friends, until we meet again.”
Walt Whitman said it better:
Dear friend, whoever you are, take this kiss,
I give it especially to you–Do not forget me;
I feel like one who has done work for the day, to retire awhile…
An unknown sphere, more real than I dream’d, more direct, darts awakening rays about me–So long!
I’m stepping back from social media beginning February 18th (Ash Wednesday) until after April 5th (Easter). I’m following the example of my blogger-friends Kathleen Pooler and Shirley Showalter.
Shirley writes in Entering Lent and Leaving Social Media Behind: Welcoming a More Passive Life:
“As grateful as I am for the Active Life made possible by social media, there’s a part of me that needs more time for rest and reflection. I crave a more Passive Life for awhile. I want to surrender to silence. To show you how my brain has been trained, I wrote those words and then thought, “That would make a great tweet.” I need to stop looking for inspiring 140-character quotes and start listening to my own questions.”
Thank you Kathy and Shirley, for encouraging me to experience whatever will happen when we combine the season of Lent with a sabbatical.
For me, this shall be a time of stillness, patience and listening. A time for Silence.
I know the benefits of silence (I practice silence daily), and I joyfully anticipate receiving more of what Silence does for me:
- Silence refreshes my vitality.
- It restores perspective.
- It heals inner turmoil.
- Silence takes me to the place where I can hear spiritual truth.
- It brings humility.
- Silence prepares my heart to recognize and gratefully receive spiritual blessings–mercy, peace, goodness, joy, faith, hope and love.
- In silence, my heart and soul are revealed.
This lenten Sabbatical is about “Letting Go and Letting God,” which is to say it is a time for me to step back from the demands of the busy world, to turn off the distractions, and to listen to the Spirit.
“To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
Which Season is happening in your life right now?