This quiet, dreaming summer of mine is getting ready to give way to the burst of energy that is the start of a new school year. In this spirit, my family and I headed out of town last weekend to my parents’ house, in the hopes of capturing a moment in time before it all keeps rolling forward.
Worn out by her grandparents’ endless entertaining, I met a rare moment on Sunday when I awoke before my 2 year old daughter. I snuck out of my room, husband slumbering, and as is my usual autopilot direction, I headed to the coffee maker. Cup in hand, my instinct was to turn something on – a phone waiting with emails, a TV filled with images. But the phone was in the bedroom and Sunday morning TV at 6:30 doesn’t offer great promise for engagement.
So I sat with my coffee and myself.
Silence is hard to come by in this world, whether because of our technological tethers or the friends and family we surround ourselves with. I know for myself that at times, I’m scared of what might creep in – whether the uncertainties of the future or the hard knowledge that I have a difficult time being with myself after devoting myself so wholly to the happy distractions of others.
On the cusp of the new school year & the new Jewish year, in the thick of the holy month of Elul, I ask myself as much as I ask of you: Are you making time for silence? Are you willing to confront what comes when the distractions are stripped away and you have to focus on who you are in this moment, and who you are aiming to be?