Category Archives: quietness

‘Carry some quiet around inside thee.’

As part of an experiment into the effects of noise on behaviour researchers arranged for someone to keep dropping an armful of books. In fifty percent of the cases someone else stopped to help pick them up. The same experiment, … Continue reading

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‘Carry some quiet around inside thee.’

As part of an experiment into the effects of noise on behaviour researchers arranged for someone to drop an armful of books. In fifty percent of the cases, someone else stopped to help pick them up. The same experiment, with … Continue reading

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Not escape, just quiet confidence

When I was very small the best feeling in the whole world was to lie in bed on a stormy night all tucked up snug and warm, listening to the wind howling outside. Most of us have memories like that. … Continue reading

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Busyness is the Devil

The writer John Ortberg says that he once called a wise friend to ask for some spiritual direction. He described the frenetic pace of his life; the demands of work and family responsibilities: that endless round of driving kids to … Continue reading

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Quietness and Confidence

Most of us will do anything to avoid being alone and confronting our own inner turmoil, which is why Pascal, the French philosopher, said “All men’s miseries come from their inability to sit quietly and alone.” The Danish philosopher Kierkegaard … Continue reading

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Be Not Dismayed

J C Penney was a classic American success story. Starting with a tiny store in a small town, he built a retailing empire that stretched across the nation and made him a very wealthy man. However, years later he went … Continue reading

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God Gives Me Rest

Sleep deprivation has emerged as one of the major threats to our sense of wellbeing. Most adult Australians now get less than seven hours of sleep per night, whereas our great grandparents got nine. Cultural and economic forces have combined … Continue reading

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Spiritual Furniture

The eminent psychologist Martin Seligman said that we need to ask ourselves why our grandparents, when they were thwarted, when the people they loved rejected them, when they didn’t get the job they wanted, and when their children died, didn’t … Continue reading

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Inexpressible Longings

Some of the most poignant words in the Bible come from the Book of Ecclesiastes which says, ‘God has set eternity in our hearts.’ CS Lewis reflected that we often wonder why it is that we have such deep, inexpressible … Continue reading

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Do You Know Where Hell Is…?

When the first missionaries preached the gospel to the Eskimos they were discouraged because, despite their passionate preaching, it was clear the message wasn’t getting across. They preached such graphic sermons about the fires of hell that the Eskimos, who … Continue reading

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