Shhh….. Can You Hear It?
The world around you is a very busy place. Always someplace you need to be, always something you need to do. It seems almost like someone is turning up the speed to go faster and faster. It can become so loud you can’t hear yourself think.
Do you ever feel like you are on a roundabout and can’t get off?
It can seem impossible to find even a moment to just be silent. To gather your thoughts; to just quietly think about your life. But those moments are necessary. They are to be valued more than anything else that may seem to be grabbing your attention. The world shouts – so who do you listen to? Can you hear the whispers over the chaos? Can you hear the whispers in the noise and confusion?
It is in those moments that you need to hear your soul’s whispers. That you need to hear your inner guidance.
Sometimes when you are so busy, you aren’t paying attention to the whispers. Then life grabs you and shakes you to slow down. That happened to everyone this past year. For the space of 12 months, Covid hit and everything stopped.
Concerned about my job, I kept my head down and worked. Worries over having enough toilet paper seemed to be a high priority. I wasn’t listening, so again life grabbed me. My dad who had been living with us for 15 years passed away.
This time I stopped. I listened for guidance. The guidance was to move. So we sold our home in California and moved back to Washington state. You can tell when you are listening and following the whispers, because everything moves so smoothly. Within three days we sold for full listing price. No hiccups from the buyers. Both real estate agents couldn’t believe how easy the whole transaction was.
The decision to move was based upon my husbands health. He had just been diagnosed and started treatment for cancer right before Covid hit. The guidance was to go build that dream home we were going to retire to someday. Someday was now. It was the time to make that happen.
Then a few months later life grabbed us again. My 3 year old grandson was hit and killed by a delivery truck. That stopped us in our tracks for some time. Pain beyond tears. Loss comes unbelievably fast. Like a thief it strikes you and it steals away a piece of your heart. Grief is the calling card it leaves in its place.
Like the waves hitting the shoreline, the grief flows in flooding you with pain and then for moments it recedes. As the waves continue coming back into the shore they become a catharsis. It brings something new into your life that fills in the cracks of your heart. Peace expands your hearts ability to keep beating.
Everyone reading this knows this to be true. No matter what has happened in your life in the past 1-2 years, when you are brave enough to share it with someone, you will find someone who has felt that pain, known that grief, walked that mile. The important thing is to not get so caught up in the loss, grief, recovery that we forget to listen.
“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion” – Max de Pree
Life can strip you down to the core. It clears away the stupid concerns about finding toilet paper, rice, or yeast. It brings you up close and personal to the basic truth of who you are – someone special. It reminds you that your life can be filled with meaning, a purpose driven life. It isn’t about the job, the house, the car, or any other material thing you possess or think you should have. It is about the bare, basic fact that you can change. You can change not only who you are, but by living a meaningful life, you can change the world. It reminds you of what is important.
For the past year, I haven’t written much for LemonadeMakers. It was this past month, when despite being fully vaccinated that my husband caught one of the Covid variants. He almost died. I had to climb out of the “I have so much going on, I don’t have the time” soundtrack buzzing in my head. I listened and realized that writing this blog is what keeps me centered. That it is what keeps me sane. That this is what helps me change, and this is what helps to change the world.
“Deep breaths untie the fog. Listen to the song of your soul. to the lyrics of love. To the whispers of self, and hold on to what is valuable.” – Linda J. Wolff
So I say listen. Stop and just listen for the silence.
When the noise has all faded away, then listen even deeper.
Listen for the whispers. Listen to your souls guidance.
“The water is always deeper than what it reflects” – Marty Rubin