Be still.

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I never stop moving and I'm always on the go.  I feel compelled to propel myself forward even when every ounce of my being wants to throw it in reverse.  When there is peace in my world, I often invite chaos.  I've never slowed down long enough to ever question why, although I think I know the answer.  When you are busy, you don't have time to be disappointed or let down.  You don't have time to analyze or assess the possibility of failure.

Being just 8.5 weeks from delivering my 5th child, I collapsed on the couch.  It wasn't a choice... it was completely involuntary.  I knew it couldn't last long; I had to pack up the kids and show 3 houses in less than 30 minutes, but as I sat there I heard a voice in my head that said, "Be still."

 

"What?  Be still?  Yeah, right.  Like that's going to happen!  Don't you know how busy I've been?  I can't stop, there's too much to do.  Be still... what is that supposed to mean anyway?"

 

Then I realized I was talking to myself.  Well, thinking to myself at any rate, but either way I was having a conversation with myself in my head.

Just as I was about question my own sanity, my normally rambunctious 2 year old climbed in my lap and quietly cuddled in my arms.  He whispered his ABC's to me and then sat next to me in silence for about 10 minutes, and no... he wasn't sleeping :) 

Nothing could have been more important to me at that moment.  I wonder how many more moments like this I have missed because I have simply never allowed myself to not be busy?  Too many I am certain.

I never want to wonder what I might have missed out on again.

Nothing is more important than the moment in front of you right now.  The road ahead will be there when you're done taking in the scenery from your vantage point on the trail. 

Be still.

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Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
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The power, peace and joy in the stillness.  You are blessed!

Apr 21, 2009 05:21 PM #1
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amy cesario
The Berkshire Group, REALTORS - Denver, CO

Being still bring clarity. We are taught to stir the pot to create action and energy.  Being still brings it all together, it is the final ingredient.

Enjoy those moments with your little one's they grow up fast... and thanks for the reminder Julie!

Apr 21, 2009 05:23 PM #2
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
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Julie, sometimes it is time to stop and smell the roses.  Great post, let's not pass up any of these great moments just to remain busy!

Apr 21, 2009 05:37 PM #3
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Renee L. Norton
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It is amazing what light bulbs go off when we are still.  Maybe we should all schedule a time everyday to do just that...be still and listen.

Apr 21, 2009 05:41 PM #4
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Elizabeth Benefield
Montana Country Real Estate - Libby, MT

I understand always being busy . I am hardly ever still. The few times I am it seem like I end up so far behind. It's good to read your blog I need to hear it.

Thanks Liz

Apr 21, 2009 05:42 PM #5
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Kathleen Frawley
Keller Williams 916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento - Wilton, CA
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Oh that was Beautiful! Some one said miracles don't happen unless we listen for them...Way to listen!

Apr 21, 2009 06:02 PM #6
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Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate
RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. - Windsor, ON

HI Julie, Thanks for sharing.

Best - Sash

Apr 21, 2009 11:24 PM #7
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Julie, I think you learned something from your two year old. Children teach us a lot if we pay attention to them. Quiet is very valuable to renew us. Good luck on the upcoming delivery.

Apr 22, 2009 11:19 AM #8
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Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Beautiful!  Sometimes it's moments like those that we remember years later, long after the showings and carpoolings have been forgotten.

Apr 22, 2009 10:46 PM #9
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Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL
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Hi Julie.... the scripture says, "Be still and KNOW that HE is God"  The Lord used your child to help you slow down and see!  How He loves YOU, precious one!  Thank you for sharing this powerful tidbit with us.  Remember... you were designed to CAST your cares.  Stay encouraged!

Diane

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Jim Frimmer
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I like to be still out in nature, just sitting in the back yard, or going for a leisurely stroll.

May 04, 2009 06:10 PM #11
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