The Quiet Place

Each of us has a quiet place, somewhere where we go to write, reflect, create or just be alone. Of late I seem to have lost the key or forgotten the combination to the door of my secret place. Overlooked or misplaced either way I am struggling to find my way in where previously the door had somehow always been left ajar.

I envy my father in that way, that the second he plucks at a weed or picks up a shovel he becomes blissfully immersed and emotionally invested in his joyful occupation whilst the worries of the world just slip away. I seem to have lost my way to my own happy place and writing no longer beckons me or offers me solace in the way it has before. I envy those that find comfort in much-loved pastimes but I have always struggled to write if my soul is in disquiet.

Maybe all I really need is a little faith, trust and pixie dust but there again it might be that old familiar thief called time has stolen away my happy place when I wasn’t looking. What will help me find my way back? I’m not sure but when I find that magical road map, I’ll let you know.

So wherever you are today, I hope you find your quiet place and spend it doing just what makes you happy.

And then there were four!

And then there were four!

39 thoughts on “The Quiet Place

  1. i always love reading your tales;please don’t stop!…perhaps the door is still ajar but there are reasons why you just don’t want to enter at the moment…walk away, come back when it feels right and it will still be there, ajar …and so will your talent for writing.:)) i wish you joy! X

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  2. sending wishes across the pond Tink…that you soon find the place ‘in you’, that’s always there, that makes you ‘you’, and brings back your beautiful smile. if that door is closed, turn around and open another, or better yet…sneak out the window! your sense of wonder, way of looking at what is important in life, your spirit of adventure is waiting for you….love you friend. xo

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  3. As I read your post Proverbs 11:25 came to mind “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” I have witnessed your generosity in your writing and have no question that you have refreshed many with your delightful posts. My prayer is that you will reap the blessing promised in this verse, that you would prosper and be refreshed in ways that mean the most to you. I don’t pretend to know what those are, but the One who has every head on your head numbered knows (Matt 10:30) and He is also the One who has promised to provide for your every need according to His riches in glory (Phil 4:19). So be it in your life on earth as it already is in heaven (Matt 6:10) because of who Jesus is and what Jesus has done!

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  4. Dear Dallas,
    I am so sorry to read this–but I am familiar with the problem. I recently bogged down in my writing, both the novel and even the blogging. So many distractions–out of town visitors, travel, other projects and people tugging at me from all different directions–taking my brother to the doctor, shopping for Grandma, cleaning for company and driving my son’s visiting college roommate around to see the sights, helping a friend work the kinks out of a story, editing my daughter’s novel, etc. I want to do all those things, but there are only so many hours in the day.

    The garden is where I can go and think, and maybe become inspired to write. Do you have a place like that where yo can go and recharge your batteries? It might not hurt to just pamper yourself–watch a movie, lose yourself in a good book, have a steamy cup of tea with sugar and cream.
    I finally made myself sit down and put together a blogpost a couple days ago. It wasn’t as inspired as usual, but it’s a bookmark, to mark the place and stay in the habit of writing for now. I still have a few commitments to cross off my list, but sometimes slapping on the bum glue and sitting myself down, inspired or not, is how I get the creative juices–and the ink–flowing again.
    You are such a great writer–I wish you the best of luck.
    Warmly,
    Naomi

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  5. Maybe another travel adventure would be helpful? It’s almost been 10 months since I last ran away from home – counting the days until the next 6-month getaway later this year! Without them I would be…. XOXO

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  6. Sorry to hear you’ve lost your quiet place for the moment. A break will hopefully work wonders – wander off among your lovely local characters and do some good listening. One of them is sure to inspire you. And where did number four come from? 😉

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  7. Is that a new feline addition to the family?! I will send you all of my magical pixie dust so you can get your mojo back! Hate to hear you feeling blue but time away from things we love often makes us love them more when we find our way back.

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  8. Dallas, I’m sorry to read this. With so many calls on your time it has to be hard to find time and energy for your writing. Maybe when you have a little more time to yourself it’ll come flooding back. I hope so 🙂

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  9. I came back to read this post twice because it is the heart of what writing (blogging) is all about. We all write for different reasons, but we all experience times when there is a lull, a slowing down. It goes beyond the usual reasons we give – fatigue, work, family etc. I think it is our unconscious letting us know that we are going through some sort of transition. That we need to redirect our energies to that task before we can go back. I have always referred back to this quote by Anais Nin: “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

    I really appreciate how you are able to articulate your thoughts, clearly and with a life-affirming simplicity.

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  10. I think writing becomes difficult for everyone when we are dealing with upheaval in our lives. I do write because it makes me happy, but if I am in a funk, I lack inspiration and motivation to even string together one decent sentence. It’s hard to be positive sometimes. I have found that exercising regularly has been helping (I LOVE my local YMCA which is also a gym chain here in the States, not just a cheesy party song. I am obsessed with the Zumba classes) and I recently had to change my diet, not to lose weight but for other non-life threatening symptoms (but which greatly impacted my quality of life and therefore my happiness).

    I don’t have good advice for finding your quiet place, except what I mentioned which worked for me. I hope you find your quiet place again. I have struggled to find it too and life is so difficult when it’s hard to find.

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  11. I feel you. There are times when I know I should be writing or working on something but I just can’t get motivated. Those are times when my life is too loud. Unfortunately I’m not exactly sure how to turn down the noise. Well, I do…it means giving something up…and that is really hard.
    Sometimes I just have to start writing, even if I don’t have a plan and eventually the right thing works it’s way out.
    Hope you find some inspiration soon.

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  12. I so know where you’re coming from. I think I left my quiet place in Mexico haha. Hope you’ll find yours soon! But as I am hopelessly behind with reading even, I actually hope you already found it 😉

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