One of the Greatest Risks We Can Take

We live in a world where one of the most common answers to, "How are you?" is "Busy." Full calendars connote importance and if you eavesdrop for long enough at any coffeeshop, diner counter, post office, you'll hear someone say, "I don't have time for..."

We rush so well, don't we? And I think one of the greatest risks we can take is stillness.

Risking a pause. Risking quiet. Risking letting the franticness wash not over us, but past us. If only for a few moments.

Because there, in that still place, is where some powerful wisdom becomes available to us. Wisdom around our unanswered questions, our discomforts, our hungers for more meaning and purpose and fulfillment. Wisdom that rarely comes right away, but does come when we're ready.

I'm by no means reporting on high from Mount Stillness where I'm never rushed and in a perpetual state of revelation. Far from it.

But the moments I have stepped away from the big rush, I have been humbled at the insight, awareness, courage that makes itself known.

Stillness takes many forms. Meditation, sitting and watching the ocean, contemplative prayer, riding the bus and doing nothing but riding the bus.

We are bold souls: we leave warm and safe wombs; fumble, fall, and start again; we believe, we hope, we love.

And if we can risk all this in the name of living, why not risk a bit of stillness in the name of living wisely?

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Growing WiserCaitie Whelan