Get me out of here on dove wings; I want some peace and quiet. I want a walk in the country, I want a cabin in the woods. I’m desperate for a change from rage and stormy weather. Psalm 55:7-8 (TM)
Everyone needs a break now and then. Vacations are great. Wendy, the girls and I sat down with calendars the past few weeks to try and plan some peace and quiet on the Lake of the Ozarks this summer. The raging schedules of four busy people make it difficult to schedule.
Sometimes peace and quiet must happen in the midst of the storm. A moment of quiet, eyes closed can be a welcome respite for me. Running an errand in the car can become a few moments of quiet if I choose to turn my phone, radio, iPod, and navigation system off. A short, solitary walk away from the desk can become just the moment of rest I need to carry on. I remember Jamie Fox’s taxi driving character in the movie Collateral would keep a picture of a tropical island on the back of the visor in his cab. He would pull the visor down, visualize himself there, and drift away.
We will have some quality time by the lake this summer. In the meantime, a quiet walk to the coffee maker – or around the block – will have to be my Walden Pond.