31 Thoughts for a Happy Holiday Season

When You Can’t Get Your Quiet Time

You try, try, try, but it never seems to work out the way you want.  It seems not to matter what time you get up, how you structure your day, or how little you require for yourself.  Quiet time is not a guarantee (as we are learning), and demanding it almost always backfires.  So what are we supposed to do when we can’t get our quiet time?  Well, quite simply, accept it.  Accept the fact that we can’t always get our quiet time.  It’s not going to be like this forever.  So until we can have predicable quiet time again (which may not happen for a while), it will help us the most to accept that this is what it is—and then find ways to layer quietness in our day as we are able and in our approach to our everyday moments as it is possible.  Remember the things you already know: overcoming challenges is a one-on-one mind game (keep a can-do attitude), incorporating physical response helps to create positive habits (breathe out frustrations, breathe in calmness), folding in mental response helps to keep things clear in our thinking (separate from things that aren’t-me), and including emotional response helps to bridle feelings that are prone to wind-blown-ness (go neutral in everything).