The Quiet Days

Tea Time

In a mere few days we will flip our calendars to a new year.

2014 promises to be an interesting one, but honestly would you want to live in a world where you wouldn’t think that about the upcoming 365 days? The mere thought of how bad things would have to be for that sort of thought saddens me to my core.

These are the quiet days of the year for me and I love them.

The weather gets gray, the demands slow down and I can really spend more time just wandering and wondering.

I started my three word exercise the other night and am slowly narrowing them down. It always amazes me how as soon as I start writing them down, they keep popping up in my head until I decide.

Yesterday, we spent a beautiful Christmas together as a family. We did our presents in the morning, followed by Peking Duck at a local restaurant and ended it with going to the movies to see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. It was a perfect holiday together.

The house is quiet now as Emily still sleeps, Dylan is attached to the new Xbox One and Laura is at work. Myself, I’m embracing the quiet with a cup of strong coffee and watching the snow flakes fall outside my office window.

I watch as the same old same old chugs along online. The social sheep feel compelled to share their lists and fear stepping away to live rather than click.

To each their own of course, but the choices made are always interesting.

Are you taking some time to embrace the quiet days and recharge for the new year?

In 2014 I know there is going to be a lot of work. I’ve got tons of writing and photography planned. Building and growing YSN will be a daunting task, but I’m up for it. There will be roadblocks and curveballs that I won’t be ready for, but we’ll deal with them when we have to.

Too many people can’t be quiet. They can’t be bored. They don’t allow themselves to idle well and just be in the moment.

That is why I love the quiet days. I love these moments of nothing because they recharge my soul and feed my mind.

  • nathashaalvarez

    Merry Christmas. I did that yesterday. And out of nowhere, I got this urge to write a short story. Or rather to pick up on a novel that I was writing but stopped. Sometimes I need the quiet to make some noise. :D

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      Exactly the type of recharging I was referring to. Happen to me all the time.

      Hope the writing went well!

  • http://www.kaarinadillabough.com Kaarina Dillabough

    These quiet days nourish the soul, spark the spirit and allow for the rest, recuperation and rejuvenation we so often neglect. Cheers! Kaarina

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      Cheers!

  • http://www.aviatorsandacamera.com/ Kirsten Alana

    I took a few days off to spend with my love and his dad and even though they don’t celebrate Christmas, it was still nice to have that digital detox and to enjoy the quality time with them where a smartphone wasn’t constantly going off to punctuate quiet moments with loud ones.

    I didn’t miss Twitter and Facebook, or even Instagram, and while I relish the friendships I’ve built through those mediums over the years I realized that it’s the ones I have outside of them that really do matter most to me.

    My goal for 2014 is to better the balance between living an online life and one that is completely unplugged. I’m considering taking every weekend off from technology, to start.

    Great post, as always, C.C.!

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      I’ve always said that I see it more as a blend than balancing.

      I love using technology, but I love using it on my terms. I may take photos and share them when I’m out doing stuff, but it doesn’t mean I have to read or look at other stuff.

      The best part is each of us gets to figure out what works for us.

      Looking forward to seeing you next week in a BIG way.

  • http://www.williamcmurray.ca/ William C Murray

    I submitted thesis revisions just days before the holidays began so I’ve taken time to relax, be with family and take time indulging in my passion for cooking. Already have set some great big hairy goals for 2014; now to work on my three words around those goals and ideas. Looking forward to connecting more with you in the new year C.C.!

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      BHGs are the only kind to have :)

      Can’t wait to hear more about them.

  • http://stevenwb.postach.io/ swbuehler

    I finished my three words and posted them a few days early (http://stevenwb.postach.io). Have two of the remaining three posts in that series nearly done to flesh out the words I chose.

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      Cool way of sharing them. Lots of room for details.

  • http://www.twitter.com/erikjfisher/ Erik Fisher

    I’m feeling the tension between quiet time to recharge, and pushing full steam ahead into planning and actions to set up the new year. I’m leaning on the former, especially to spend time with family recharging before NMX.

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      The trick is finding a way to do both. Not always that easy for sure.

  • http://mikevardy.com/ Mike Vardy

    Excellent piece. We rarely get this kind of stillness, so we should embrace it while it lasts and see what springs from it.

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      AMEN!!!

  • http://www.flurrycreations.com/theblog John Bergquist

    I’m so enjoying these slow quiet days as well. And I just realized I wrote down my 3 words last year in your comments. Now to go find them and then realize 3 for 2014. I hesitated before I took a consecutive 8 days off. But my team does really well with out me and I’ll hopefully come back full. Here is to our rest! May yours continue to give you peace.

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      Isn’t it great when you work with a quality team that make moments like this possible?

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