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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Calm

Calm

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.