Our Season of Silence


I’m teaching my children about gratitude.

This has not been easy.Cece Harbor

Practicing gratitude during a season where they are consistently bombarded with images and messages telling them to ask for more has been challenging.

That’s putting it mildly.

It’s been downright impossible.

There, I said it.

I couldn’t quite nail it at first. It felt like my words just sailed over their little heads.  There at the kitchen table one night, I gave what I thought was a simple yet profound talk about the importance of being grateful and the importance of being good stewards over that which we’ve been blessed.  In return, I got 4 pairs of beautiful brown eyes staring back at me.

Message not received.

So I decided to take a different approach.

I decided to allow my actions to show them how to be grateful. For the next 3 weeks, I’m turning off the TV, turning off the radio, and am limiting my Internet usage to only writing and work.

So far, this has not been easy.

I figured that my voice was competing with all the other voices out there, and quite frankly I shouldn’t have to compete.

The world wants us to believe that this is the season of spending. I believe otherwise. More than anything right now, we need to embrace and believe that this is the season of silence, of quiet reflection. This is the season of miracles. This is the season of thanksgiving.

While it’s been a little quiet around the house lately, there’s surprisingly more chatter around the kitchen table – completely unexpected and wonderful chatter.  In shutting out the world, my kids are learning that we already have enough.  There’s abundance all around us: abundance in love, trust, respect, friendship, peace, and hope.

All of the great things you realize you have when you are still.

14 thoughts on “Our Season of Silence

  1. You’re right Cece. The season of joy is upon us. One has to be still to not miss all the beautiful intangables coming our way. Your children won’t be able to help but pick that up with you as a mother.

  2. This is a great idea. Living a life of thankfulness is the best way to teach them and it sounds like you are doing just that. Thanks for sharing my SITS Day yesterday!

    • Hi Quanie — thanks for stopping by. Yes, tis the season for silence, right? I walked into a major department store and geesh Christmas music is already playing. I thought, can I just enjoy Thanksgiving first. LOL

  3. What a great point you make, Cece, and so beautifully. I can only imagine how tough it is to explain gratitude to children when they get so many conflicting messages. While they might not fully grasp the concept now, your example will set a great tone as they get older.

  4. This is awesome! What you’re doing with your kids is awesome.
    I don’t have a cell phone. And I get looks from people like I’m crazy when I tell them that. But I don’t really need one.
    It’s so easy these days to get sucked into material things, kids and adults alike. We’re all guilty of it! And what we must realize is that “there is beauty in simplicity.” We don’t need the latest toys, gadgets and all the other stuff to be happy. We should be thankful for what we DO have, because there are people out there who are happier with MUCH less. =0)
    Thank you so much for celebrating my SITS Day with me yesterday.

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