583. Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness. ~George MacDonald

To sit with a dog on a hillside
on a glorious afternoon 
is to be
back in Eden,
 where doing nothing
was not boring – 
it was peace.
~Milan Kundera

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The Old Poets of China

Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe
that I do not want it. Now I understand
why the old poets of China went so far and high
into the mountains,
then crept into the pale mist.

~Mary Oliver

When Mozart was composing at the end of the eighteenth century, the city of Vienna was so quiet that fire alarms could be given verbally, by a shouting watchman mounted on top of St. Stefan’s Cathedral. In twenty-first-century society, the noise level is such that it keeps knocking our bodies out of tune and out of their natural rhythms. This ever-increasing assault of sound upon our ears, minds, and bodies adds to the stress load of civilized beings trying to live in a highly complex environment. ~Edited comment by Steven Halpern

He (the Lord) makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. ~Psalm 23:2-3   ✝

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35 thoughts on “583. Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness. ~George MacDonald

  1. I think that’s what we are often missing: doing nothing can really allow enjoying peace! Oh, and we need that! Have a blessed evening!


    • Yes it sure can and it wasn’t until I retired that I finally got to really enjoy it on a much more regular basis. We do need it so much and this crazed world we live in robs it from us. I hope you’ve had a blessed evening as well as a wonderful weekend. Hugs, N ❤


  2. How relaxed I feel after reading your post and marvelling at the fabulous image dear Natalie ! By being close to nature we can easily see the grandeur of His Creations and let Him lead us to peaceful paths … Love the inviting ambiance in the misty forest scene !!! Happy oncoming weekend , hugs Doda 🙂 ❤ xxx


  3. Sacred idleness is a blessing that I have received on many occasions, always appreciated, always thankful for. And a gift that is hard to accept with grace and dignity.


  4. I love everything about this post: the dog on the hillside, the photo of trees and bridge, the eternal psalm…..Especially at this busy time of year, we need moments of quiet stillness, sacred idleness. I am compelled to re-blog this on Loving Me too, with gratitude.


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