Even though literal storms surrounded me during my blogging hiatus of just being still, internally I found myself so very peaceful.
I found that even though I was stuck in a writer’s block and couldn’t find words to put into sentences, it didn’t cause me stress like not being able to write usually does. I think I truly needed that long break away and I’m grateful I had the good sense to do so.
I also purposefully gave myself a short break from social media as well and that also helped me feel at peace. Honestly, reading the stuff posted on those sites stir up feelings of unrest and anger, so rationing that was beneficial for my soul as well.
I gave myself permission to not worry about accomplishing much on my ever growing to-do list and that was refreshing. I’m a make a list, cross each item off as I go type of person so for once, it was nice not to have a list compelling me to be busy.
I enjoyed my free time in so many ways. I found myself picking up my camera once more not just in search of blogging material but because I found something interesting to capture by photo.
I relished time with family and friends. I wandered through a local library finding stacks of books to read.
I even binge watched a series on Netflix with my husband that I normally would not have been interested in watching. And that was about the only thing I did watch on the television as I’m not much of a TV viewer anyway because most of it is just trash.
I like my peace and quiet. When noise and chaos bombard me, I just can’t think.
So my blogging break plus my semi-fast from social media provided that tranquility and serenity I longed for.
Slowing down gave me the opportunity to notice aspects in life that I may have missed if I was chained to my computer squeezing out blog posts. A “take time to stop and smell the roses” kind of thing, if you will.
So while others were complaining about the rainy weather and commiserating over the lack of summer temperatures (which I did not miss as I don’t enjoy summer heat and humidity), I was happy and content.
I chose to look up rather than look down. I chose to look around and enjoy my surroundings.
And one evening as the rain finally subsided, I happened to step outside onto our front porch where I spotted something that caused me to run back inside for my camera.
A rainbow. God’s promise of hope. Not just one, but a double rainbow. Like an extra measure of expectations for good things to come.
And here I am. Back with words. Back in the blogging world. Back with inspiration and motivation to write once more. Back to share those moments in my Be Still series.
More in my series to come next week.
“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.” ~ G. K. Chesterton