Four - Turn Off the Noise (Divine light develops in places of peace and quiet. -F. Enzio Busche)We love music. We have some shows on television we enjoy watching. There were times in our family, especially during our earlier marriage when my husband would travel with his work that I'd want the television on as background noise so I wouldn't have to hear the house settling or a burglar breaking in. I've learned though that sometimes it's good to hit the off button on all the technologically manufactured noise that clutters our lives.
I think it's important to learn how to be comfortable with our own thoughts and our children, who are bombarded with even more than we ever were, need to learn that as well. I truly believe that our thoughts in times of quiet reflection are often inspiration from the Spirit.
Some of my favorite times in our family are when everyone is quietly working on a project, often separate projects, but in the same room together. The girls could be giving each other manicures, Bruce could be quietly playing his ukulele, Joe could be drawing superheros.
I don't think peace and quiet necessarily mean silence. I think divine light develops at times when my kids are cheerfully playing a game together without manufactured noises, or when they're playing their instruments and singing together. I think it develops when we're cooking together or when we sometimes have an uncontentious ten-minute-clean-the-main-floor rally.
Sometimes when we turn off the noise we turn on family fun and communication.