The Power of Positive Thinking, by Guideposts founder Dr. Norman Vincent
Peale, was published originally in 1953 and I recently read that it has sold
somewhere around 26 million copies worldwide.
It’s not surprising that it is filled with meaningful insight that is still relevant today.
I wanted to highlight one aspect of the book in particular this week because it has taken on
great meaning for me, especially in recent days. That concept is the daily
practice of having a time of nothing but quiet. The prescription Dr. Peale
recommends is for 15 minutes of absolutely no noise. Don’t try to organize your
thoughts. Don’t read. Don’t write. Just listen.
Silence is a precious commodity for me. The balancing act of wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend,
author and speaker—although all of those roles are precious to me—can leave me
tired and needing renewal. I am sure each of you can relate to the various
demands that fall on all of us. And I have begun to understand with a growing
appreciation the value of something as simple as quietness.
I have recently tried to implement this 15-minute rule in my own life. Some days I make
it, some days the quiet doesn’t come until I collapse into bed at the end of a
busy day. But on the days that I can snag a little piece of solitude early on, I
realize so many benefits. I can listen to God. And sometimes the silence reveals
the very greatest truths to our hearts and lives from Him.
I firmly believe this practice is making a difference in my energy levels, productivity
and patience throughout my day. Isaiah 30:15 says it best: “In quietness and
rest is my strength.” Make yourself a priority by treating yourself to 15
minutes of unscripted solitude. You’ll be amazed at the blessing you receive.