🌿 Walk In Gentleness

🌿 I am a highly sensitive person who relishes solitude.
This might be because I am an only child. I didn't even have cousins nearby until I turned four, and we typically only gathered with them on holidays. 

Growing up, I spent most of my free time quietly, creatively playing alone or enjoying thoughtful one-on-one moments with my parents, my grandparents, or my caregiver. 

In this increasingly noisy, obnoxious, hedonistic world, I crave the humility, gentleness, and patience espoused in Ephesians 4:1-2.

"I want to be where other people are not," as Anthony Hopkins said in The Remains Of the Day. Not always, of course. Often, though.

"Be still and know . . ." reads Psalm 46:10. 

But how can we be still when society is ever louder and more intrusive?

I've found calm in quiet(er) community spaces: churches outside normal services, the cozy alcove on the third floor of my gym, public and university libraries which still encourage inside voices, a Buddhist meditation center nearby, museums, botanical gardens, and less traveled hiking trails.

Where do you go to retreat and walk in gentleness?

“I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.”
- Ephesians 4:1-2

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Be well,

Ann is an artist and writer from Ohio. Follow her on Instagram and YouTube for fresh journal flips and reviews.