The Philosophical Apprentice

“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” Albert Einstein

Keeping it Quiet

One practice that I have found very useful of late is the idea of quiet time.  It would be safe to say that I have never been a “morning person”. I’ve got a lot of inertia in the morning and it takes me a while to get out the door. it’s not that I can’t get up and go quickly if I have to but I absolutely hate the feeling. I like to quietly sit and and think (and drink my coffee)  before I undertake anything in the morning.  In other words I like my quiet time.

Now one of the best things about getting up earlier is that you have a better chance of getting your quiet time in before you have to go out into the world and I am happy to report that my peace of mind has been much improved by my recent success in the 5 O’Clock Club. I was happy to see then that someone else has found the value in quiet time.

I recently read Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace –  Restoring Financial Hope to You and Your Family. Here is what Ramsey had to say about quiet time;

You can not only dramatically affect your financial life by having a quiet time early in the morning, bit it will affect your career and your spiritual condition positively as well…..If you want to have time to consciously prioritize you life daily, you will make he necessary changes in your lifestyle to accommodate that few minutes of serenity each day. You can spend your quiet time learning from you past by review, as well as thinking where you need to be in five years personally, with your family and in your career. This time of reflection will cause you to make adjustments in all those areas of your life….As you add a quiet time and grow spiritually, the quality of your life will improve , and so will your financial condition. The personal and financial growth that these simple little changes in my daily schedule have brought me is immeasurable. My day starts under control, and so when the torpedoes hit, as they often do, I am ready. Pg 220-221

Good advice I think. In my own life i think it has already delivered some impressive results. Getting up at 5am and studying what little philosophy  I can in the morning has really given me a sense of optimism.

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