Turn It off!

Before I dive in, lets take a second to welcome in September.

Leaves will begin changing colors and will then proceed to fall on the ground. This will make my task of cutting the grass much longer but hey, they're pretty, right????

Along with the leaves changing, the flavor menu at many food and drink establishments will begin including a pumpkin flavored item. Many of which I'm a fan of, but I'm not sure I've actually tried a pumpkin spiced latte. Maybe I'll indulge in one today. 

Finally, in order to fully embrace the fall season, I have lit my "Crackling Autumn" candle. Currently my office smells like a crisp fall morning. I don't know if a crisp fall morning actually smells like my candle, but regardless, it smells really good and that is what's important. 

Its been a minute since my last blog post. I've began prepping for a potential christmas show in Pittsburgh (would anyone be interested in attending????), prepping to begin recording my next album in the next few weeks, and prepping to to fill the radio waves via 100.7 Star every Sunday from 3pm-9pm! Lots of prepping. 

While all of these opportunities are blessings to my wife and I, I also recognize how all of these opportunities could quickly become a curse. Can I juggle wearing all of these different hats?

Well, a few days ago I was listening through a podcast that talked completely about the concept of "Quietness". 

When someone asks you how things are going, many people tend to respond with, "Oh just keeping busy" or "I'm so busy right now, I feel like I haven't slept all week." I find myself giving both of these responses all the time. It's as if being busy equates to being successful. 

 
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Why do we feel like we always have to be "busy"? Isn't it important to take a second and enjoy some peace and quiet?

Everyday we are saturated with information we see/hear on social media, television, the radio, etc.. We need to make it a priority to turn everything off and sit in silence. Allow ourselves time to reflect on each day or to simply empty our minds of all the "garbage". 

On Tuesday, I decided to take my own medicine. I put a timer on my phone for ten minutes, closed my eyes and focused on my breathing. 

Life is good and the time that we've been given on this Earth is a blessing and should be treated as one. Sometimes we need to take a step back and acknowledge all of those blessings, big or small. 

Now, close your eyes, take some deep breaths and be quiet. 

 

Keep singing, (after you sit in silence for a little while

Chris 

Proverbs 16:9