I must admit, my favorite character of all time has to be The Grinch. There is something about that green guy that just makes me smile every time I see him. Every year my mother-in-law gives me the annual Hallmark Grinch ornament and typically a box of other Grinch themed items. I just have a thing for him, don’t ask me why. Perhaps it has to do with my obsession with Dr. Seuss. I am a firm believer that there is more wisdom in his children’s books than can be found in most books made for adults. The Grinch may get a bad rap as a villain, but he is quite the clever character who sees right through the superficial ways of the obsession with gifts and presents during the holidays.
If there is one things that gets under the skin of the Grinch’s green skin, it’s noise. Mr. Grinch was no fan of all the noise that came with the holidays. He was NOT.
And then! Oh, the noise! Oh, the Noise! Noise! Noise! Noise! That’s one thing he hated! The NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! NOISE
The other day, I was driving home from work. I had a bit of a headache and yet was still flipping through the channels to find just the right song. It was one of those times where I just couldn’t find anything on the radio that was worth listening to. I gave up and just let the commercials play out until I could fill the void with a song that hopefully would make the drive a bit more delightful. Then I thought to myself, What am I doing? Seriously, just turn it off! And so I did. I turned the radio off. I let out a sigh of relief. I forgot how soothing the sound of silence actually can be because all I have been doing lately is drowning the silence in every way possible.
It’s really not just during the holiday season that we steer clear of silence. I think it is just a bit more exaggerated during the holidays. The backdrop to every celebration as well as every store in the mall is the jingling of bells and the sound of carolers. Sure this is a time to celebrate, but there has to be balance. The Grinch knew what he was talking about when he mentioned all the noise and how overwhelming it was. He also lacked balance since all he cared for was silence. So what we really need to add to our hectic and chaotic days right now is a touch of silence. If we add a bit of silence, then we will be a bit more balanced ourselves.
There is a thing about silence, though. It’s kind of scary. I often feel that silence is the loudest thing of all. When we are quiet, our minds have a way of creeping into the forefront and the noise is hard to settle once it begins. So while we may be able to hear things like birds chirping, the sound of the wind through the trees and other pleasant sounds, silence brings the noise we try to avoid the most. As children, maybe we were afraid of the dark, but as adults, silence and its sounds can be all the scarier. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. When you settle into the quiet and the mind slowly begins to pull out all the cobwebs and shadows, shut it down. Shut it off with the sound of your breath. Let the sound of your inhales and exhales be what you hear in the silence. There is no need to avoid quiet because you can’t get away from your thoughts.
You’d be surprised how simple it is to just stop and be silent. You’d be surprised how much you begin to crave that time to get away from the noise. If you take a set amount of time each day for you, to just be silent, the times where there is noise will be much more tolerable. Over time, you may find that you are no longer the Grinch during this season!
Well, with my constant use of my food processor, my husband will tell you that there is no silence in our house! It is just my absolute favorite tool in the kitchen. Gingerbread was sounding really good to me the other day but I was thinking of making something more of a snack like my Larabar bites. So I pulled out my processor and made some noise. These are delicious if you like anything ginger! I am sure that they can be part of a healthy cookie exchange as well! Enjoy!
No Bake Gingerbread Bites
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raw pecans
10 pitted medjool dates
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 T Blackstrap Molasses
Dash of sea salt
1. Combine pecans and almonds in food processor. Process until a fine grain like consistency.
2. Add in dates, ginger, molasses, and salt. Process until a thick dough like texture forms.
3. Roll into bite sized balls and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to set.
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