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I just read an article on silence.  It was about how the world is getting louder these days and it's taking a toll on our health.  This article shows you how you can find peace and quiet for mind, body and soul.  You can read it here:  article on noise pollution and silence.

The bottom line to the article is that silence can connect us to each other.  It also actually helps to better connect to ourselves.  When we allow for silence and pauses in conversation, we can actually reflect on what was being said instead of just reacting.  

When we have quiet space around us, it allows for our creativity to flow and for our soul to speak to us. Creating quiet in your life is like an artist taking a blank canvas and sitting in front of it contemplating on what to create.  Listen to what wants to be created within you.  

Suggestions for finding silence:

1.  Turn off your car radio.

2.  Walk without listening to music.

3.  Do chores in silence.

4.  Close your eyes for 5 minutes and just breathe in silence.

5.  Go to a quiet museum and just reflect on what you're experiencing.  

What's the One Thing that Works Against Serving Others?


This morning I was listening to an old Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast titled Mutual Submission from 9/06/08.  The whole thing was less than 23 minutes long and I found that last minute to be the most enlightening.  Here's today's bit of wisdom from Andy Stanley.

"The thing that works against serving other people in general more than anything else is busyness.  And when an organization has an unsustainable pace, the first thing that is going to go is my willingness or ability to dip into your world and help you.  I’m going to be so focused on me and my projects and my stuff.  If I have no margin than the idea of me somehow trying to find some extra time to serve you is just going to go away.  So I think the number one thing a leader can do is to make sure that they are leading an organization that has a sustainable pace.  A sustainable pace creates margin and it’s in the margin that we serve other people. "

Are you too busy?

How would your life be different if you had "extra" time or margin in your life?  

What one small change can you make today to create margin in your life?