Listen Carefully to Your Peace

Always the Fight Ministries: Displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse. (c)2019Nancy Virden

Behind my house, only a few yards behind towering trees is a rushing river and 20-foot waterfall. Except for rolling thunder, only the fluttering of leaves and birds’ songs are heard above the roar. Anytime I want I can go to its side and toss rocks or just observe its natural power. All my troubles wash away in the scents and sounds of wonder.

It is beautiful, peaceful, luscious, and private.


Much of what I have described so far is only imagined. Truth is, I am surrounded by busy streets, a freeway, and an airport. Neighbors’ homes are merely feet away from mine. Students walk by playing and shouting. Sirens and an outdoor school alarm add to the clamor. It is never quiet here.

Having grown up in the country, sometimes, especially at night, I want those unobtrusive, subtle noises of country life – whispering trees, a flickering lamp, barking dogs, and even silence.

Changing the environment

If a lack of quietness starts to get to me, I close my eyes and listen. The roar of the freeway and surrounding streets combine to resound with a deep, full, rich, and clear impression of flowing water. The sonorous music of a river overtakes all else. I can almost smell river air and feel the mist on my skin. Airplanes create a distant rolling thunder. 

Towering trees and singing birds are real as are crickets, frogs, and the squeals of deer. I am fortunate to enjoy a city rarity – a small woods behind the backyard. When leaves slide up against each other in a slight breeze, I am transported in sweet memory back to summer camps, river explorations, and country life. 

Just for you

Our environments are not always what we wish. Pressures of all types call to us to rush, focus, and finish before the tolls of midnight ring.  Close your eyes. What do you hear? Let the sound meld into something more peaceful or reminiscent of happy days. If that is unsuccessful, translate the sounds into positive possibilities: the shuffle of papers –  accomplishment; laughter – happiness; the rumble of machinery – a creation of something new. 

You have the power to change your environment safely and privately by changing how you listen and think. 

Today’s Helpful Word

Ecclesiastes 2:22-26

So what do people get in this life for all their hard work and anxiety? Their days of labor are filled with pain and grief; even at night their minds cannot rest. It is all meaningless.
So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him? God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him. -King Solomon

Hebrews 11:6

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

NOTE: I am not a doctor or mental health professional, and speak only from personal experiences and observations. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.

If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.

If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. or go to your nearest emergency room. (for international emergency numbers, go here ). Hope and help are yours!

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