Be still and cool
in thy own mind and spirit
from thy own thoughts,
and…thou mayest receive
God’s strength to allay
all blusterings, storms, and tempests.
— George Fox, 1658
At 9:30 on a Tuesday morning when the kids are at school, I don’t have to be at work for a couple more hours, and I’m savoring the quietness in my rocking chair with a cup of tea, I ROCK at being still and cool. When it’s almost midnight and my brain’s keeping me awake, not so much.
The blusterings, storms and tempests are no joke. Everybody’s got some version of them, and they come and go with distressing regularity. But I think it’s telling that Fox starts out with the encouragement to be still and cool “from thy own mind.” Not in thy mind, from thy mind. The worst noise comes from inside, not outside.
I can pretty much order anything else I want at midnight. I can get pizza delivered. I can order a Princess Leia costume on Ebay. I can sit right in my own room and pick up a handheld battery-powered device and access THE ENTIRE INTERNET, including pulling up any episode of the original series of Star Trek to watch it in the middle of the night. Google’s not helping me out here, though … I need stillness on demand!