Jumping out of bed, racing to be the first one to the TV was the one who ruled over what cartoon would be watched Saturday mornings. Now that I had control of the TV, I’d grab my blanket and hope that mom would say it was ok to have our breakfast in the living room. Chunky peanut butter with grape jelly toast or a bowl of Cheerios with ice cold milk would be wonderful.
Settling myself down, getting ready to hear…the theme song of Bugs Bunny.
Overture, curtains, lights,
This is it, the night of nights
No more rehearsing and nursing a part
We know every part by heart
Overture, curtains, lights
This is it, you'll hit the heights
And oh what heights we'll hit
On with the show this is it
Each Saturday I would hope they would play my favorites with Bugs Bunny and the Tasmanian Devil. He swirled around like a tornado and stopped on a dime to say mumbled, incoherent words…blah, blah, blah.
I’m not quite sure of the total attraction, but years later I would relate 100% to the Taz’ swirling around. My life and world seemed to be represented in all the cartoon would show of the Tasmanian Devil going here and there, doing one thing after another.
Research on a real Tasmanian Devil states their characteristic does not include spinning in any way. They are fast creatures but NO spinning. The Hollywood Taz is the only tornado spinning Tasmanian Devil.
I have been moving and spinning like a Tasmanian Devil (the Hollywood one) since I was born. All my years of school, elementary, high school and college, I needed to be totally engaged in the topic for stillness to overcome me. It’s part of my personality and who I am. This lack of being still has been a productive quality, I get many things accomplished. Yet on the other perspective, not being still in my physical body has resulted in the same in my mind. My head goes as fast as my body does and it takes me on, what I call, bunny trails or should I refer to them today as a Tasmanian Devil paths. I go from here and there and back to here again. Getting several things started and many left undone.
Be still and know I am God….Psalm 46:10 NIV. In the God’s Word translation, it states….Let go [of your concerns] then you will know that I am God.
Sitting quietly is something I taught myself to do. An acquired skill that has taken years of practice. Being still enough to hear my surroundings. Here, you try it…….be still and open your ears.
What did you hear? Tick, tick, click, click, chirp, chirp; the clock, the dog walking across the floor, the birds outside. Sounds you can hear when you quiet yourself to your surroundings.
The practice of being still is simply that….PRACTICE! Start with one to three minutes, move to five minutes and more. Just sit still, that’s it. It will become a well formed habit when you keep practicing. And, here’s what you will gain for all your practice:
- Personal Insight – things that need to be focused on within you or what you need to do for the day.
- Connection with God – things God wants you to focus on for the day or do for others.
- Peace – the quiet acceptance of being okay just where God has you. Philippians 4:7 NIV Peace that passes all understanding.
I challenge you to try and BE STILL to form a new habit in your day. To still the Tasmanian Devil that can try and take away our focus.
See what you gain my being still.