Monday, December 30, 2013

Measures of Rest

Growing up, I remember hearing that how I bring in the New Year sets the tone for the rest of the year. I think of that old saying every New Years’ Eve. However, this is the first time I am intentionally choosing stillness and silence as my New Years’ Eve partners.

Like many, my days and weeks are full. Busier than I prefer, at times. The other night, in the midst of band practice, I had an aha moment. It happened while the brass and percussion were working hard and the clarinet section had multiple measures of rest. In that rehearsal, I decided to design my personal 2014 musical score to include more measures of rest.

I will begin this New Year fully awake in stillness and silence. In doing so, I hope to ‘set a tone’ for the coming year - paying attention to the instruments of God’s voice while noticing what is going on within me during my measures of rest. My commitment to an active and contemplative life as a sister supports this. Plus, I’ve always learned best when I am quiet.

What are your hopes for the New Year? What intention are you willing to set in motion?

Tanya Williams, OP

St. Louis Park,  MN


  1. LOVE this! Thank you for the reminder of what sweet music intentional silence and contemplation can be.

    1. You are welcome. The "aha" moment was a wonderful reminder for me as well.

  2. Delight in this image, Tanya. How important those rests are to the rhythm of the music! Play on sister!! :-)

    1. Thank you! Yes, rests are significant in the rhythm of music and in life. May we both "delight" in this imaged reality into the new year.


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