Stillness; lack of agitation or excitement; tranquility; serenity.
This morning as I ate breakfast, I looked out at the birds visiting the feeder on our deck. I was trying to decide if there was one word that I felt would describe how I want my life to be.
Kelly of "Charming Chatter" (Home of the Charming Girl's Quilt Club) has proposed that we, "Choose a word that identifies what we'd like to see more of in our lives in 2011 - what we want to cultivate in our lives! It's a word to reflect throughout the year."
In choosing my word, I have been guided by the writings of St. Francis de Sales. You don't have to be religious to appreciate what he has to say.
"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset."
I think we all crave calm in our lives. I often find myself stressed because someone else's lack of planning has caused an emergency in my life or because I can't say, "No!" Resolutions come and go so I won't be making any this year. Instead, I hope to establish a new way of approaching life and developing a calm spirit. Will I be successful? I think just making the attempt will make a big difference.