I came across this little piece the other day, especially good advice for this time of year:
Quiet, not only for the ears, but for the eyes.
Quiet for the mind and heart and soul.
There are shelves of books all about de-cluttering our lives. It is simply this; we can have the thing or we can have the time it takes to do it. We cannot have both. Quiet makes possible the higher human activities:
Why do we prefer the complex and expensive solutions to our ailments over the simpler Mom Wisdom that is free and readily available? Why not start today with a nap and a good meal? And then take a walk."