Quiet Place

This sturdy iron bench in the background of the photo is a quiet place where I sit everyday for twenty minutes or half an hour enjoying my mornings. It’s one of three benches under the portico that serves the entire community living in this Texas high rise apartment building converted from a Sheraton Hotel. All residents enjoy this area and many gather here during the daytime and into the evenings. A few early risers spend time out here near the hour of sunrise and linger for a while as I do.

One man takes a walk while talking on his cell phone. Another sits on a bench at a table in the open air a small distance away from the portico. He also talks on his cell phone. This is what we all do in this age of technology, isn’t it? We hold the world close at hand at all times. When we wish to be alone, we don’t mean  A L O N E without access to our brothers and sisters all over the globe. I must confess to using my quiet time not only to ponder and reflect but also to send my brother a morning email from my phone. I tell him what the weather is like as though he could not look out the window and see for himself. We both live in the same town, but this is what I do.

I begin my day in this quiet place gazing into the sky, mostly blue, sometimes cloudy, and once in a while gray and gloomy. Whatever the weather with a tumbler of coffee and cream and cell phone at ready in my pocket, I welcome this brief encounter with morning.

Accessories to morning encounter: Coffee, Cell Phone
The reason for morning encounter: Time to clear my thoughts and plan my day

Jeremiah 29:11 – The Bible: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Ah, God is good. Another day, another beautiful morning.

About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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14 Responses to Quiet Place

  1. Yvette says:

    Sometimes it’s nice to have those quiet moments alone…other times we just need a hello from someone close to share in that moment with us…!


    • Thank you for stopping by, Yvette. So nice to see you here. Yes, quiet moments benefit us as well as sharing time with friends and loved ones. We were created for relationship with one another and with God. Thank you for your kind comment. Blessings to you today and always…


  2. Trisha says:

    internet and cellphones are blessings to the people who stay away from their loved ones.

    ten years back i did not had a cellphone and rarely used internet, now they have become a part of my life.


    • Yes, I agree that the Internet and cell phones are great blessings. I am very thankful to have these technologies in my life. Without them we would be more isolated and less able to communicate with others and especially, as you pointed out, with our loved ones that are far away from us. Thank you for your words of wisdom and kindness. Blessings to you, Trisha…


  3. embracingspirit says:

    beautiful….love the quiet moments…


  4. buttercup600 says:

    I also love the quiet moments, it is just wonderful to the soul and mind…have not been able to do it outside for a while, we have had nonstop rain for quite some time…strange for this time of year. Big hugs girlfriend xx


    • So nice to see buttercup600 on my page! 🙂 Thank you for your visit and your comment. I remember your telling me that you sit outside in the morning and look at the water and the boats sailing by… How beautiful! Maybe tomorrow will be dry and you may enjoy your morning encounter. Blessings to you, Amanda… xx00


  5. Laura Best says:

    Everyone should have a place as peaceful where they can go to simply be. 🙂


  6. Bonnie ~ Life of Bon says:

    Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your corner of the world and how you begin your day, Carol Ann!! I personally love these types of blogs as it seems to allow us to know and understand each other better. I love your landscaping, and the loving way you spend your mornings!


    • Thank you for visiting and for you kind comment. It does seem that we begin to know one another more and more through our blog posts. I think of you as my friend. Thank you for stopping by, Bonnie.


  7. lbdiamond says:

    I’m an Internet junkie just like everybody else. Makes me wonder, though, how can quiet time be quiet with all the techno-noise? Lol!


    • Thank you for visiting. I don’t know how quiet time can be quite quiet with my emailing, but I could be emailing somewhere else and not enjoy it as much. I do spend some time with the phone in my pocket just staring into space and being thankful for the blue sky and the chirping birds heard over the hum of traffic in the distance. Ha! It is what it is. Thank you for your comment. It certainly does make sense. How can it be quiet? ?? Blessings to you…


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