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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

a quiet life

"The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind."
Albert Einstein

Impossible for me to have said it better. I've been thinking about this in my own life recently and was pleasantly surprised to happen upon this quote. Living here on the hill for four years now, my life has become increasingly quiet, less complicated, more in tune. With my dogs for company as I work, farm animals for the occasional distraction, a garden for physical exertion, and a good book to read in the evening, I am rarely bored.

When we deliberately slow down the pace of our lives and stop allowing ourselves to be constantly bombarded by everything that screams for our attention, we are able to find the quiet moments to think and reflect. To allow imagination free reign to entertain us. To dream and to ponder the "what ifs". For me, that's where art comes from. That quiet place.

1 comment:

Michelle said...

I love that photo, and your post. I can only dream of a quiet life; there's no way to have such when you are homeschooling a very active, very vocal little boy. And since I had him when I was 40, I'll be getting up there when he finally leaves home!