Space and Purposed Stillness 1

I have learnt and I am still learning that providing space, having times of doing nothing much, is essential –  no critical – to support the heart and mind. To enable me to be flexible and adaptable to life’s different seasons.

It certainly doesn’t come naturally to me to engage in times of quietness and reflection.  I love activity, people and fullness, and I don’t think I am alone!  Hands up if this is you!

We can be too full in life.

Full of ourselves, our worries, too preoccupied with activities and plans about the future, the home renovation, our children’s full-lives, ageing parents, body-change and even our cries for help and prayers can be strident about we want.

Life is beautiful but sometimes not easy at all and we make choices that can cause irreversible change. As we have all experienced over these last couple of years, life can send a storm that forces a change impacting every community of our planet. Change is inevitable and therefore adaptability becomes a necessity for all of us.

The question I have asked myself at this time is – what will help me adapt well to change?

I have come to believe that Space and some Purposeful Stillness is what I have needed.

Which seems interesting, because in some sense we have been forced into slowing down over this unpredictable season – shut up in our homes.

Nevertheless, this is what I believe we need – Space and Purposed Stillness

We must take purposed time to stop and be still.

Still enough to listen to the ‘small still voice’ within.

We need space to breath in the courage to make a change.

We need some quiet time to fill the tank that is running dry

We need to make room to know ourselves in the midst of this change perhaps to hear of a different way to live and lead; to be changed on the inside so that we can navigate the change well for ourselves and others.

Be still and know…

No regrets,

About Penny

Penny was born in England, raised in New Zealand, lived in America and settled in Perth, Australia. Together with her husband Mark, she is raising a teenage daughter and has twin twenty-something sons. "Coming home at the end of a solid working day to family and friends is my delight" says Penny, Co-author of the book – She’s Not Your Competition. She is a heart-felt communicator who believes in the power of a person’s story. Penny has over 25 years experience as a high level leader and spokesperson in both the private and non-profit sectors with significant public relations experience. She is currently the CEO of South Coastal Women's Health Services, and prior on the Leadership Teams of Rise Network and Riverview supporting people in areas of mental health, domestic and family violence, and children overseas at risk of exploitation. She holds an MBA and MBL, and is a Board Director for the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. For the past 15 years she has provided pro-bono support as a mentor for leaders and consultant to not for profits. Penny’s personal life endeavour is a determination to "make life better not bitter".

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