five minute friday {quiet}

November 9, 2012Karen Courcy

Welcome to five minute Friday to where us bloggers are given a word prompt and write for just 5 minutes simply for the joy of writing.

No editing or backtracking necessary. No need to be perfect. Just words freely flowing from my heart to yours.


Today’s Five minute Friday word is {quiet}


One you have learned how to enter your inner kingdom, you have a special retreat within that is always available to you

Sometimes for me, the quiet space is scary for me. Sometimes when it’s too quiet, it gives me too much room to think, or too many emotions to be with. I like the hecticness of life sometimes, because the busier I am, the less I can think or feel.

What I have learned the most in therapy is how to quiet down the hardness in my mind – how to tone out the old messages inside, and to learn how to be in a quiet space and still feel safe.

I think for me, sometimes the quiet is a scary place for me because I spent my whole childhood being in the quiet – not just in voice, but in soul. Today I like having a voice and the healthy hecticness of my home and busyness of life. When things get quiet, it reminds me of the alone space I had as a child to where I was constantly in fear and sadness.

Therapy and healing has taught me to embrace the quietness as a healthy place for me to be; to tone down the old messages that tell me that quiet = sadness and fear and allow my to see the quietness as a place to rest and be and feel safe.

I take more time out for myself now that I am slowly learning how to embrace that quietness, and my hope is that someday I wont have to contantly be making myself busy, but rather give myself more of the quiet that I truly need.



  • Katina

    November 9, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Yes, the quiet place can be scary. I tend to overthink in the quiet. Busy feels better to me because if numbs. You are right though, we NEED the quiet. Gotta meet the Lord in the quiet cause our mind can be a terrible place to be alone! Great post. Visiting from FMF

  • Shari @ Leaving A Legacy

    November 9, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    Visiting for the first time from Lisa – Jo’s place. I love the look of your blog. It is so true that in the quiet the old messages of doubt and fear can creep in. I’m glad that you are slowly learning how to embrace the quiet. For me, quiet is something I love. It gives me energy and peace and rest for my weary soul. Thank you so much for sharing from your heart. Have a wonderful Friday.


  • Alia Joy

    November 9, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    I am glad that you are hearing healing and life in the quiet now and not hurt and loneliness. God is miraculous. Praying for you continued healing even as I pray for mine.

  • Gel

    November 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    I like your routine of this 5 minutes writing on a theme each week. I like reading what comes up for you and then letting it sit in my soul for a little while to see what comes up for me.

    It seems like ‘quiet’ can be a whole spectrum to experience. I can relate to most everything you wrote. I have had a hard time with quiet when it reveals how much pain I’m carrying and doesn’t seem to offer any resolution. Being quiet then, only seems to amplify the pain.

    Wow, your line here really struck me up: “I think for me, sometimes the quiet is a scary place for me because I spent my whole childhood being in the quiet – not just in voice, but in soul”…..YES! That is true for me too. No wonder quiet can be painful.

    At the other end of the quiet experience is peace and space and deep rest.
    I don’t seem to have a lot of choice yet as to where on the quiet spectrum I will be at any given time. You sound like you are finding how to enter quiet to find solace. I hope that continues to grow for you.

    1. Karen Courcy

      November 10, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      Thank You Gel 🙂 … The Five minute Friday is for all bloggers to do, you should give it a shot every Friday. She posts the word at 12:00 midnight on Friday and she gives a word to write about for 5 minutes .. Here is the link if you ever want to give it a shot. It’s fun, and a way to be with a word each week and apply it to your own experiences. Here is the link

      Thank you for your comment.. it’s nice to know I am not along in those feelings of quiet and what that can mean.. sometimes I dont feel people understand 🙂 you made me smile this morning


  • Calypso

    November 11, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    I’ve spent much of my childhood amid chaos, fighting, things thrown, etc. It’s too loud. I cannot stand when things get loud. I fear someone will hurt. The quiet is a retreat for me. A moment of evolution if you will. I enjoy your writing, your words. Keep writing. It’s a powerful way to transform.

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