There is a valley nearby that reminds us about peace and quiet. We don’t travel through it often, but when we do we can feel the stress leave our shoulders like leaves off a tree in fall. Just driving through it helps us gather perspective and breathe a bit deeper.
On this day I thought on the way home about the things that robbed me of my peace and quiet. The constant hustle, the to do lists, the conflicting choices and the desire to do so much with such little time. There are different pressures and expectations from so many people that it can be hard to sort out what really matters to you, no matter what matters to others. And there are the choices we’ve made that we need to live with even when it is no longer convenient, popular, or easy. So many plates to spin, to keep spinning, and before you know it there is one or two or three added and you have reached your limits.
Then the time comes and we drive through this valley, the valley of peace and quiet. Life seems simpler here and hard at the same time. There is lots of work to keep the farm going and when the work is done there is peace and quiet to end the day. It is easy to drive through and idolize the place as we have no responsibility there whatsoever. The grass always seems greener when looking into someone else’s world. You have no idea of what they are dealing with, their responsibilities and what it takes to keep their plates spinning. So it looks easy and safe and peaceful.
Maybe the chance to view into someone else’s world is all it takes. Looking, thinking, believing that life is better here than in your world may be enough to make you review and evaluate the world you have created. Maybe the simple glimpse into another way of life is enough to relieve the stress of your world. Maybe just knowing that other people have a space to be themselves urges you to create the same opportunity in your own life. Maybe they feel the same way when they drive past your house; they imagine their life being different and simpler with the hope that their world can and will get better. You never know, where you live, how you live, the choices you make may be someone else’s valley of peace and quiet.