“[Silence and solitude] take the world off our shoulders for a time and interrupt our habit of constantly managing things, of being in control, or thinking we are. One of the greatest of spiritual attainments is the capacity to do nothing. Thus the Christian philosopher Pascal insightfully remarks, ‘I have discovered that all the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, that they are unable to stay quietly in their own room.'”
Do you feel like something wrong if you’re not constantly doing something “productive”? Is it hard for you to be quiet or be alone?
If so, you have a disease, and it’s actually keeping you from living the fulfilling life you were created for.
“The cure for too-much-to-do is solitude and silence, for there you find you are safely more than what you do. And the cure of loneliness is solitude and silence, for there you discover in how many ways you are never alone.”
Try to take 15 minutes of uninterrupted alone time this week. Be still. Be quiet. Invite God into the space. See what happens.