With the best of intentions I started this project thinking, “8 minutes a day of silence? How hard can it be?” Well, the answer for me personally is, “HARD!”
And since I don’t have the time or the inclination to undertake anything else that feels oppressive and unproductive, I am ceasing early. I still try to enjoy some silence every day, and I certainly would advocate it for any of you out there who do not have four kids under the age of four constantly under foot. I think there are a lot of really restorative positive reasons to sit in silence every day. I will still do it as often as I can.
And I can still tell you that there are lasting benefits. I think my hearing is better. I think I appreciate solitude even more. And I think I will be more observant and open in those moments. It’s a journey, not a destination.
Also, I still hope to execute on some other 21 day challenges in the coming months. For December, I have decided to do one all about giving, generosity and giving. I will be enlisting the help of Facebook to get ideas for ways to be generous that don’t neccessarily involve my wallet. And even though I’m travelling for a significant part of December, I hope to get at least 21 of 31 days in and report to you about it. So stay tuned!