Quiet Hours

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What do you do in the quiet hours?

Do you have any pastimes that are quiet? Do you have any hobbies which require space, or distance from others? Do you have time to meditate?

Do you even have quiet time? Or is your life full of manic sights and sounds? Do you feel like you live in the circus or one of those old time cartoons where all the characters are always bashing each other with a hammer? Is there a video screen or a television or a stereo or a sound system always on around you? Do you work in a noisy environment? Are you used to it, or does it drive you crazy? How can you get away from it? Is it time to get away from it all?

One possible solution is to find a pastime where you can go far away from all the digital and industrial noise.

Fishing jumps immediately to my mind. There’s a pastime with the possibility of getting far away from other people, far away from the city and the clamor, far away from the electronic mayhem.

Another possible escape is hiking. Even though you might be doing some hiking to get to your favorite fishing spot, you probably aren’t going fishing for the express purpose of hiking. Hiking for the sake of hiking is a totally different sport, isn’t it? Hiking quite often will get you farther than hiking to get to something, because hiking can be about the distance: head out somewhere then turn around and come back. Sometimes you can hike out to a scenic view, or hike up to the highest point, or hike around a large obstacle such as the ocean. Regardless of your objective, hiking can be a great escape.

Your pastime, tried-and-true or completely new, could be something as simple as blowing soap bubbles in the backyard.

You could fly a kite. Better yet, build a kite and then fly it. (Unless…well…more on kites later.)

Grow something. Gardening is usually quiet and allows time for thoughtfulness.

Writing. Of course writing can be done in a noisy area, but how well can it be done if the writer is distracted by bombs going off all the time? Not well.

Find some time for yourself. Find some space.

Meditate and create.

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, five screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at xenosthesia.com or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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