This weekend, in my continuing effort to declutter and simplify, I decided to tackle the clutter in a drawer of my nightstand. Since this nightstand is no longer used as a nightstand and merely as a table to hold a lamp in the corner of our bedroom, this drawer became a catch-all. If I didn’t know where to put something, it went here. There were things in there that I haven’t seen in years. And, it got to the point that I could barely open (or close) the drawer.
For many years, on and off, I used to subscribe to O, The Oprah Magazine. For those of you who know me well, it’s probably hard to believe that I would subscribe to a women’s magazine. I don’t like to fuss with my hair. I’m not into fashion and style. And, I don’t wear makeup unless I’m going to a wedding. But, although this women’s magazine is chock full of these things, it also has self-help and inspirational articles. That’s what attracted me to it in the first place and what kept me subscribing over the years. Early on, the magazine would have tear out sheets with inspirational quotes on them. Sometimes these were just little notes to post somewhere. Sometimes they were post cards that we were supposed to send to a friend or loved one. Sometimes they were bookmarks. I have a feeling over the years, I saved every one of these things.
As I was going through these piles of inspirational quotes, I came across this quote by novelist James Carroll:
We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things…[but] there are times when we stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.
Wishing all of us more moments in our lives when we can stop, be still, and listen to those whispering breezes!