Have you ever noticed how loud the world can be? I'm not necessarily referring to it in an auditory sense, but moreso the constant activity.
It may be the noise of your television, your cell phone, your email, your Facebook account, your Twitter account, your boss, your clients, or it may even be your spouse, children or other relatives.
If you let them, so many of these sources of noise can fill up your day.
One thing that I have learned while studying successful people is that these people value times of peace and quiet. They know that it can be some of the most productive and enjoyable time they can experience.
Here are 5 benefits that I have experienced from peace and quiet:
1) It gives you time for uninterrupted prayer – When you're talking to the creator of the universe, isn't it great to have time to focus and, more importantly, to listen for His voice? Prayer is essential in the life of a Christian and it's hard to do with lots of distraction and noise. I believe this is why so many people have times of prayer early in the morning, before the day starts racing away.
2) It is a great time to study God's word – I have found that reading the Bible during times of peace and quiet can allow me to comprehend more and to gain a greater understand of what I have read. Though I don't experience peace and quiet every time I'm reading, I make a concerted effort to get this done before anyone else in the house is awake.
3) It provides time for reflection on what is important – During prayer time and reading the Bible, I often take time to think about the awesome blessings that I have been entrusted with so far in this life. This includes my wife and children, my other family members, my friends, and even the material possessions that we have such as a house and our van. Without the distractions of the day, I can spend time being thankful for "the little things" that show me how much God loves me.
4) It gives time for action instead of reaction – During times when I oversleep or decide to rest for a while longer, I usually find myself reacting to everything that comes at me instead of setting the pace of the day for myself. Think about it. If you wake up and start checking emails, looking at social media, or have to check on a crying baby, you are in response mode. Your email tells you a message that someone else wants you to hear – whether it's about a sale at a store, a news alert, or maybe even an event. I find that starting out in the peace and quiet allows me to take action such as writing blog posts, working on a website project, or even writing a book.
5) It provides time for "noticing" things – Author Andy Andrews talks about this in some of his books and sometimes on his podcast. Becoming a "noticer" is something that anyone can do, if they just quietly observe things and look for the things most people may miss. While enjoying peace and quiet, you may be able to hear things that you usually overlook, such as birds chirping outside. You may also be able to hear things that allow you to take preventative measures. Sometimes I turn off the radio in my van and put the windows down to just listen. If you never do this, you may miss sounds that could warn you of something before you need a costly repair. It's an intentional process, but it is one that is beneficial.
Question: What are some of the benefits you experience during times of peace and quiet?