Quiet Peace


Have you ever had a moment of true quiet in your life? The other morning, I was walking in our neighborhood as per my usual, and I stopped when I realized I could hear…nothing.

No cars driving by, no planes overhead, no neighbors out watering. Even the air was still, and no dogs barked or birds sang. It didn’t last long, maybe two minutes, but it freaked me out at first. I’m so used to some sort of ambient noise that the absence of it scared me. I snapped my fingers to make sure I hadn’t just lost my hearing. (Yes, I actually considered that.)

I wondered if it might be that moment before a disaster, when the animals leave and all goes quiet. Was an earthquake coming?

Then I had that momentary feeling of being the only living thing around. Of being isolated. Alone.

I started walking again and all I could hear were my own footfalls. And just as I got past all the crazy thoughts and sound started filtering back in, in those few seconds between paranoia and normal, I felt a strange kind of peace, tuned into the world around me. A world I tend to tune out, apparently. And now, a few days later, I’m still affected by those moments. I’m trying to be more aware.

To watch the birds who have started bathing in our fountain pond.
To not just glance up at the clouds, but to stop and watch them waft (or race) by.
To sit outside and just tune into what’s around me.

I hope I can keep this up. It’s almost like meditating, which I know is good, but which (sorry, Faye) I have trouble focusing on long enough to be effective.

This week was a good week. I hope you’ve had a good week, as well. Fall is tapping at our door and I’ll admit it’s my favorite season. There’s a lot to be thankful for, and I’m hoping to get better at recognizing that.

Stay safe! Stay healthy! And don’t let the toxins, whether they be politics or news or an overwhelming life, steal your peace. Like Max Ehrmann wrote in Desiderata:

“And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”


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9 responses to “Quiet Peace

  1. I love this uplifting blog. I usually access Over The Backyard Fence in the morning with a cup of coffee and I find it a great way to start the day. Thanks for the reminder that all is right with the world we just need to hone in on the positive where love abides.

  2. Brilliant, blog, Laurie. I simply adore moments of complete and utter peace, I relish them. Complete silence settles the heart and the brain and tells you everything is and is going to be all right with the world. Enjoy as many as you can. 🙂

  3. Lovely, lovely post, Laurie. Those moments are so fleeting but do stay with us and somehow change us. It’s meditation in action – we all find our own path to the inner. Love the quote from Desiderata. And yes, despite everything that’s going on right now, it is still a very beautiful world.

  4. Lovely. What a beautiful post and I love that you got to savor the silence. I need to follow your lead and do the same. Jillian

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