Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Quiet of Winter

Posted December 23, 2005

The hustle and bustle of Christmas will lead to the quiet of winter. Try to carve out some time this winter to go on a few hikes. I love hiking in the snow in solitude. It is so incredibly quiet. I can hear my heart. I can also hear my soul and that's why it is so important. I don't know about you but one of the toughest things for me to do is to slow down, disengage my ego and listen to that still small voice inside me. I look forward to slapping on several layers of warm clothing and hitting the hills. Several years ago I recorded my footfalls in the snow at Grandfather Mountain. The recording inspired a song called "Wintry Walk" which can be found on my Peaceful Journey CD. I am also reminded of the song "In the Bleak Midwinter." There is a beauty in the bare branches. There is a beauty in laying bare one's soul to the wintry quiet of nature.

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