Is it easy for you to be still? I don’t mean not to move but instead being still in each moment fully and completely. Things like, rereading a bible verse for an extended period of time, praying for those on your prayer list, doing something you love, writing a letter or being a good listener. Are you really still in these moments or are you running your to-do list in the back of your mind?
In today’s world we are so connected by social media we can hardly go a few minutes without looking at our phone, checking emails, or playing Words with Friends (guilty, BUT it is good for my brain:). Being still is not a part of our daily routines. Since my time in Hong Kong is coming to end, I chose to not over commit myself and instead simplified my routine. I downsized again and sold my car. Changes in life can be painfully hard but freeing at the same time. I am very sad about soon missing my friends and will definitely use social media to stay connected but am trying to be more intentional in my stillness.
Life in Hong Kong is so fast paced, money is spent like it is monopoly money without even blinking, (I have been guilty of this too). Lavious lunches are common and shopping is over the top. Some people can’t wait for the latest purse, phone, makeup trend, or newest Tesla launch. It is very easy to lose perspective and be still in a city as wealth orientated as Hong Kong. Don’t get me wrong Hong Kong is an amazing city with lush mountains and miles of beaches, it is rich in culture and tradition and has amazing food.
It has been an experience of a lifetime for both me and my three adult kids. I came without a world view and have gained a spirituality and faith I could never have imagined. It’s a city that is rarely still and after being here for 23 years I am ready to get back to simplicity with family, enjoy the change in seasons and be still. Hong Kong is known as “One Country, Two Systems”. Soon I will be one person, two countries:)
Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent — Psalm 4:4
Karen (I guess this is why I am awake a lot at night:)
It’s pumpkin time:) YAY…I cut this recipe in half and followed the directions except didn’t have pumpkin pie spice so made my own. I did not cut the spices in half. I used 1 t ground cinnamon, 1/8 t ground cloves, 1/4 t ground ginger and 1/4 t grated nutmeg