Nighttime Silence

Sunday, April 22nd

Spring

“Your dress makes you look like a spring flower and I love it.” – Rachel to me.

Indeed the spring weather has finally sprung, so I took the opportunity to wear a dress today! I love dresses.

Speaking of dresses, my friends and I have tossed the idea around to have some sort of party where we all dress up really nicely, and I want it to happen SO BADLY. Confession: I brought my prom dress to Boston last year because I really want to wear it again.

Monday, April 23rd

Silence

I was reading about nuns and how some/most/all (idk) convents have a time at night called the “Grand Silence,” after which no one talks to each other. That might sound miserable to some, but I’ve actually been trying to *sort of* adopt the idea by not listening to music after 10pm (I still talk to people though). I freaking love listening to music, but sometimes I feel like it’s a sub-diagnostic addiction for when I’m just bored/stressed and want to be emotionally moved by melodies and lyrics.

So at 10pm, a mental voice (not unlike the deep, rich voice of Dumbledore) goes off in my head saying, “GRAND SILEEEENCEEEEE,” and I turn off my music and focus on doing the rest of my nightly tasks/studying without music.

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It helps me think about ending my day with God in mind and with a more reflective, grateful mindset.

Tuesday, April 24th

Smiles

Today’s reasons to smile:

  • A third beautiful spring day in a row
  • Working out on the esplanade in between classes
  • My PT friends who make me double over in laughter even amidst the stress of exams
  • Praying for a while in the middle of a busy day
  • Hugging my friend Fiona, who I hadn’t seen in a while
  • A free confetti cake cookie (omg)
  • Also free pasta dinner and Kraft Parmesan cheese dusted dumped onto it
  • A funny and very smart priest who came to give a talk at the Catholic Center
  • We are one more day closer to the weekend, hallelujah
  • Dying on the inside

So tell me:

Do you have a designated quiet time in your day? (Does that sound like something for preschoolers??? Let me know.)