solitude and silence

We just got started on this book with our Women of Hillside group I wrote about recently. I love both silence and solitude, but intentionally practicing either one has not been high on my DO list.

When Melody asked all of us how we feel about this book, let’s just say I wasn’t the only hesitater. Still, I was all in when invited to make a commitment. You’d think the simple practice of setting aside five or ten minutes a day to sit in silence and listen for whatever God might want me to think, do, or say would be easy. And, surprisingly, it’s actually turned out to be OK.

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Unfortunately, I’m easily distracted, illustrated by the screenshot of this small section of the book (yes, I read on my phone).

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Justified text spreads words way out and those dashes in the second highlighted line are so distracting! My brain wandered to the time I had to insist on ragged right columns when working with a published newsletter. I searched for style guides to prove my point. Look, a squirrel! and I’d better get the template ready for the next issue and look, a squirrel! and …

I might be hopeless but maybe not. I hope not. I’ll keep trying.

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4 Responses to distraction

  1. Craig MacDonald says:

    I thought, or perhaps better, felt, the same thing when I read the top graphic. “This is clumsy.” The presentation got in the way of the content. So did the author not have an editor? Who does that??

    • sherrymacy says:

      I’m pretty sure by the time the text is formated for Kindle the author has moved to greener pastures. Also, I can change fonts and size within the app, so those factors put the onus on me. Regardless, my point is how easily silly things like formatting can distract me.

  2. risgely says:

    I’m with ya, sister, it’s hard for me to concentrate…oh look, is that the same squirrel Sherry saw….sometimes. My mind wanders too easily….did I take the meat out of the freezer?

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