Just Give Me Time to Think

If human footsteps powered the spin of the earth our planet would be rotating at record pace. The rate of on-the-go versus stay-right-here has become so out of proportion we hardly recognize the value of simply being. Rushing to yoga class, rising for an early run, hurrying from work for a social drink, are so commonplace the effort required to achieve a moment of relaxation contradicts the art of it in the first place.

It is important for me to heed the needs of my health: I exercise, eat healthy food, (get regular massages when possible), and schedule my annual check-ups. I want to set a good example for my kids, but more importantly, I want to LIVE with them. At the risk of sounding hypocritical, life is not sedentary. An active family is a happy family.

As I age it isn’t the activity but the noise I find wearisome, searching throughout the day for a quiet moment. Just give me time to think. Schedules, news, friends, family, books, and current stuff are necessary to think about, while dreams, humor, creativity, and imagination are relegated to a dusty corner of our mind despite the substance they provide. Great ideas are the result of ample silence.

Writing my ideas, thoughts, and words requires a quiet place, either in place or time. You may find it funny my inspiration to write this came while vacuuming. Yes, there was noise. Yes, kids were running in and out and around me while writing. In an effort to absorb the worth of my words I sat down to write anyway, slowing the pace of the world one person at a time.

My dream quiet place.

My dream quiet place.







4 thoughts on “Just Give Me Time to Think

  1. Love Happy Notes - Daily Fun and Inspiration says:

    I love this. Love your writing. The vacuum cleaner and you absorbing at the same time. 🙂 A visitor from a hundred years ago would run and hide from today’s busy-ness. The various forms of pollution we are accustom to, the amount of noise bursting out of everyday life. The number of decisions we make each hour, would take years to accumulate back then. No wonder our heads spin, and your meditation coincides with the vacuuming.


    • Barbie Beaton says:

      Perhaps it’s why the world is such a mess. Thanks for reading and being such a great blog friend. It means a lot to me. 🙂


      • Saksham Mehrotra says:

        Indeed. The world is a mess. But I feel that that is how life works. You work like an ant all your life and then suddenly realise that life is short and you have to live it to the fullest. Now you repent ‘the things that you didn’t do than the ones you did’…
        But if you’re a teenager, then all if the tough things come in… It’s mostly study, study and study all the time. And whatever free time I get I use it for blogging, reading, photography and all the other stuff. So all in all, I really do not have time to slow down. Well, there’s an Indian movie specially made for us ‘over-burdened’ students ( :p ) and there’s a very famous line said by the director of a university (obviously, he had the negative role), and it goes like this “life’s a race. And if you don’t run fast enough someone else will crush you and move forward”…
        So, um.. yeah we have no time to slow down… 😦

        Thank you for being a good friend too.. 🙂 I really like your blog and your posts and hopefully we will remain good friends… 🙂 🙂


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