Make It Your Ambition

Dillon, Colorado (2011)

” … make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you ….” 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Among Bible verses that are frequently displayed like glittering gems in a jewelry store window, this one from 1 Thessalonians gets me to stop and admire its beauty every time. I am deeply drawn to the ideal of a quiet life, the minimalist antidote to all of the incessant clamoring for more, better, faster, shinier, newer and greater.

The goal of having a quiet life goes against every messsge that badgers us from every street corner. Perhaps I’m sensitive to cultural noise from years spent in marketing and public relations, with the ultimate goal to shout the loudest to get the most attention. It’s impossible to escape oppressive intrusion by people and organizations telling us to get with it — live large and loud!

How do you envision a quiet life? What does it mean to you where you are in life at this moment? Is the idea of pursuing a quiet life attractive to you? What appeals to you? What’s off putting?

More and more I want to let go of all that doesn’t serve me well and narrow my focus in order to pursue a quiet life. There’s a death-to-ego element involved, and that’s never easy to overcome. And there’s fear about enduring the poverty of invisibility if I step out of the emotional barter system interwoven in this age of self branding and promotion.

Still … a quiet life is what I want.

What about you?

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