I am not a morning person. I have never been a morning person, and I suspect, I will never be one. Its far easier for me to stay up late and get things done, than it is to get up early to do things. I shower in the evenings. This is because I know that when I wake up, I will choose to sleep for an extra 20 minutes rather than shower. So why then do I like working early?
The answer is simple. Quiet.
I love my quiet time in the morning. I love the quiet drive to work. I love the quiet office before everyone starts to arrive. I enjoy working in complete silence with no distractions. I enjoy sitting at my desk with a cup of tea, working away at my tasks in complete peace. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about quiet time, how much I need, and why I enjoy it so much. Here are a few quotes I really enjoy on the subject:
I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.
-Henry David Thoreau
Solitude is very different from a ‘time-out’ from our busy lives. Solitude is the very ground from which community grows. Whenever we pray alone, study, read, write, or simply spend quiet time away from the places where we interact with each other directly, we are potentially opened for a deeper intimacy with each other.
A man can be himself only so long as he is alone, and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom, for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.
Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.
But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.
Why do you like quiet?