Monday, December 06, 2004

A Circle of Quiet

A Circle of Quiet
by Madelaine L'Engle

This is a favorite book of mine, and one I am grateful to have read before I had children. The time that I take for thinking and staring and quiet is very important to me, not only for myself, but for how it impacts those I love. Whether thinking quiet thoughts, or using the quiet to wrestle with more troubling issues, my life is enriched and my relationships strengthened by my time away.

"If I sit for a while, then my impatience, crossness, frustration, are indeed annihilated, and my sense of humor returns."

"Only a human being can say I'm sorry. Forgive me. This is part of our particularity. It is part of what makes us capable of tears, capable of laughter."

"The shadows are deepening all around us. Now is the time when we must begin to see our world and ourselves in a different way."

Welcome to A Circle of Quiet.



1 comment:

Student of History said...

"If I sit for a while, then my impatience, crossness, frustration, are indeed annihilated, and my sense of humor returns."

This spoke volumes to me today. Another difficult day with the littlest in the toilet decorating my bathroom countertop. Sigh. I know it will not always be this way, but it would be nice if those times happened a little more frequently. :+)

God *IS* so good and I am so grateful and indeed, a quiet heart beings peace.

Warmly,
SofH