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The Sound of Silence

January 2, 2012

Happy New Year folks!  I want to begin the New Year by sharing an insight from the wisest woman alive that I know, my grandmother – Medora III.

We were visiting on the phone recently and were marveling at our shared perception that the week between Christmas and New Year’s seemed to last and drag on forever. We both pondered this and concluded that perhaps it was due to the fact that the activity level for most people subsides significantly compared to the weeks leading up to Christmas.

I also think that during that week, many folks tend to spend some time reflecting on the past year and making plans for the year ahead.  The good thing about using time that week to reflect is that – to do so effectively – you often find yourself thinking in silence, without distractions. And, particularly after a busy and frenetic holiday season, doing so can seem to make time stand still.

Which brings me to Medora III’s insight: Even though it might be somewhat boring or dull, we should welcome those times when the activity level in our lives isn’t as exciting as other times as opportunities to reflect, recharge and maybe even regroup.  That time alone, in silence, is good for both your physical and mental health.

Never one to ignore Medora III’s advice, I have done just that the past week and now feel prepared for all of the challenges and blessings that are sure to come in the New Year. I sincerely hope that you are too!

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