A Day Of Pondering Is Good For The Mind Body And Soul

Inspirational Quotes surround us in today’s world of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Throw away lines that are designed to both challenge and motivate us.

Do they or are we overwhelmed by the many thoughts, sayings, likes and shares that crowd our day?

Do we really take time to reflect and ponder and listen to our own thoughts?

Do we quieten our minds enough to work out what we really feel, what we really believe?

A Day Of Pondering

I’m pondering today, partly because I’m battling severe pain and partly because I need quietness to listen to my own heart, my own thoughts and to just be.

I’ve just spent 8 days in hospital dealing with complications of severe lumbar spinal stenosis. The journey isn’t over but at the moment I’m just exhausted and I need peace, perfect peace.

Hospitals are full of noise. Machines beeping, Nurses hustling and bustling along corridors, or prodding you awake at 1am to take your blood pressure.

Specialists visiting you just when you had finally managed to make it to the bathroom or were about to enjoy a meal.

Texts, phone calls, TV’s streaming different shows from different rooms. Nurse buzzers going off left, right and centre.

Blood tests being taken when least expected. Catering staff taking orders and delivering food.

Being wheeled through the hospital on your bed, to Radiology for scans and x-rays.

Cleaners coming into your room to dust and vacuum, just when you thought you were finally about to get some rest.

Noise,  noise, noise!


I Need Quietness And Solitude…Now!!

Quietness and solitude is what’s required to regroup, recharge and renew my physical and mental strength after any lengthy hospital stay.

So as I ponder, I’ve been looking at inspirational quotes for my online support group, Medical Musings With Friends.

The more of them I read the more I feel a growing sense of emptiness. So many  lack substance and that’s ok for a light-hearted pick me up kind of day, when a throwaway line will make you smile and say “yeah, I like that”.

Today is not that kind of day. Today I need more. Today I need to go where I know I will find real strength. Where my faith will be confirmed, where my soul will be comforted.

I have many favourite verses in the Bible that keep me going through the good days, the bad days and the in between days.

2 Corinthians 4 v 17 – 18

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Ahhh….as I read those words and many like them I begin to relax. There is a much bigger picture for my life than my current circumstances.

The noise begins to disappear. My mind is beginning to function again. My thoughts are starting to form with some clarity. My body may still be weak and sore but my soul is being renewed.

As my soul is revitalised, my mind relaxes and my pain is better managed.

Time out to ponder is definitely good for the mind, body and soul.

It is good to be reminded that God has a plan for my life. A plan full of hope and a future.

When true inspiration is needed I know where to go! I know where to find perfect peace and solitude.

Sam xx

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10 thoughts on “A Day Of Pondering Is Good For The Mind Body And Soul

  1. Sam, I feel like this too about social media. It’s too much. But these bible verses are wonderful comfort. I spent a week with my brother going to the hospital daily to be with him and the noise is crazy. It should not be that way! Hugs to you! Marla

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    1. Marla, I’m so glad these verses give you comfort too. I hope your brother is doing a bit better post his hospital stay. You must be exhausted. It’s always so tiring being the support person and visiting hospital daily. I know it takes such a toll on my husband. Lots of love xx


  2. Hospitals really are incredibly noisy and disruptive. Strangely though when I’ve been in, the inability to do anything (can’t stress about this or that, no to-do list that I can’t get through etc) has given me a little breathing room, more time to think. Constantly ‘doing’ or worrying and the humm in our brains that are being battered with input can stop us from really listening to your own heart and thoughts. You really have had an awful time of it, and I’m not surprised you want solitude and peace. I love quotes, but there is that ‘throwaway’ quality to them because their impact can be very fleeting. Some days you do need more. I hope you have continue to ponder, find your solitude, find your strength and support and take heart in the quietness as you recuperate. Sending gentle hugs and my very best wishes your way, Sam.
    Caz xx

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    1. Thanks so much Caz. You are just beautiful and always have such encouraging comments. I do still love quotes too. I even publish a few of my own now as an adjunct to my blog, lol….so ironically I’m part of the problem.
      Thank you for your gentle hugs and best wishes. Hugs & love x

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  3. Shaking my head in agreement–hospitals seem about as noisy as a downtown street corner at rush hour. Forget the rest, right? Thank goodness we have God’s word…to rest in and upon. You’re a wise woman to grab it and to encourage us in the same. Glad you’re home, Sam, from the hospital. Connecting via By His Grace Girls.

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