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Searching For A Quiet Place

Feb 29, 2008
Finding a quiet place to relax and recharge yourself can sometimes be hard if you have a family and responsibilities. With children and a spouse around, it may seem like you can't have any peace and quiet for just yourself. So, you might need to be creative when searching for a quiet place. Hearing some people talking about the way they find quiet places, made me realize that there are many quiet places to relax, if we take the time to look around us. There are some great places that I would like to share with you.

When my children were young, it was hard to have much peace and quiet at home, so I would take a trip the store to buy groceries, or pick up something our family needed, or run an errand. It was a relief, after working all day, for my wife when I would take care of running errands so she could relax with the kids. The time in my car, driving to and from the store, was some of the most relaxing time I had. I could put some nice, relaxing music on the radio and enjoy the quietness of the drive and the people and homes that I passed.

While my children were young, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen, helping with homework and cooking dinner. That was usually a quiet time for me, as the kids would do their homework with only an occasional question or request for help. The warmth and smell of a kitchen when you are cooking is a pleasant memory and I remember how I felt when I was young. Some of the best memories of my childhood were sitting my mother's kitchen after school having some kind of baked cinnamon cookies. The kitchen is a wonderful gathering place for families but it can also be a place where you can find peace and warmth for sharing.

I always had a reading spot that was comfortable and inviting. When you like to read there is nothing better than having your own spot. A place with a lamp, a comfortable chair that everyone knew was yours, and some kind of plants to help give you some fresh oxygen was my ideal spot. From there I could read, do my art or rock my son. It was a place of peace and quietness.

Some people enjoy their morning cup of coffee while sitting around the kitchen table or being in their favorite spot. Having a hot drink, surrounded by a few memorable objects, and being able to think about the past, present or future, is one of life's best gifts. Now that my children are older, I have a glass cabinet that displays the different objects and pictures of my children. That is my favorite spot to reminisce about my past and remember the wonderful feelings I had when each child gave me a keepsake that was personal between us.

Our family has always loved the outdoors and when the weather is good, I get an urge to be one with nature. I either walk around our yard looking at the flowers and watching the birds, or I take a walk in my neighborhood to feel the air and listen to the sounds of nature. I often just stop while I am doing this and close my eyes and take several deep breaths. Filling my lungs with oxygen helps to restore my energy and makes me feel renewed. I can easily find the peaceful quiet place inside me when I am tuned in to nature.

Another relaxing, quiet place is sitting in the backyard, on a patio, deck or in a gazebo. You can watch birds flying to the feeders or watch squirrels running and playing with each other. If you want to add some real atmosphere, you could have a small fountain running so you could be one with a waterfall. The tinkling of water is very relaxing and can make your backyard seem like a retreat. In our gazebo, we have a fan and radio so we can change the mood at will and be comfortable no matter what the weather. Because I love flowers and plants, I always surround myself with them wherever I sit.

We all have places in our homes and lives that we feel most comfortable. All we need to do is look around us and choose the place we want to claim as "our" relaxing spot. Then all you need to do is add your own personal touches to make it yours. I hope that some of these ideas will trigger memories for you and help you pick a perfect place for relaxing during your quiet time.
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