I left the hotel for the office earlier than I needed to today, so I stopped at a little park out here in Denver just outside our building. It is nestled in the foothills of the Rockies and sits in a small valley with a creek running through it and the reddish-orange stones of the foothills all around. It is an area where you can’t see the city, you can’t see the office, and you don’t get much traffic. I grabbed a coffee en route and when I arrived I noticed I was the only car in the parking area. I got out and walked down the path towards the creek and the stillness of the area wrapped around me. I felt the tension I hadn’t realized was there start to drain away and a peace come over me. I sat down at a bench near the creek area and spent time just being quiet and still. It was rejuvenating and really kicked my day off right.
I realized that I had really been missing those “quiet” times. I have spent time reading and praying, I have spent time sitting and clearing my head, but I hadn’t really just been quiet for a long time and that made me a little sad. How many times had I missed the opportunity to just take 5-10 minutes in a peaceful setting to just be still? Granted, I spend very little time kicking myself for past missed opportunities, but it did make me realize the need for intentional action in this area, especially as an introvert. I have a lot of activity, noise, and churn coming up in the next couple of weeks, and while I am looking forward to the trips, I was reminded today that I need to plan peace and quiet into them or else I will pay for it later.
So, even if you can’t get to a park in the mountains by a creek today, if you get a chance, take a couple of minutes just to sit and be still…you might find you like it. 🙂