Saved by a babbling brook

Country road with tall grass / part of Saved by a babbling brook (inspiration) on
Ever get in that place where there’s too much to do? So rather than just get productive (which would seem obvious), you shut down instead?

I arrive there more frequently than I care to admit. You see, I’m an overthinker. 

Desiring to get productive with a new project, I’ve paced through my home for a good week now. Or longer. While you may think after blogging for 6 years, I’d have said it all or finished my home LONG ago.

But that isn’t the case. There are so many rooms that need to become more efficient and more beautiful.

Sunset on a country road / part of Saved by a babbling brook (inspiration) on

But every project is massive.

“I can’t do the wall until the ceiling is done first.”

“I can’t do the floor until I gut the room. And there’s no place for the stuff to go.”

“I can’t start on the garage because I only have until 4pm today. I want to do it right next round.”

“I’m not sure when to start this one because it’ll cost $$$$.”

I paced and walked and made every excuse I could muster up to NOT start something. And then work ‘got in the way’ and then I needed to cook dinner and then it was bedtime. Or whatever. Blah blah blah.

I even started fretting about blogging. No project, no story, right? The writer in me was shutting down. The stories were getting quieter by the minute.

So yesterday I packed it in. I told myself I was just going for a quick evening walk to get outside of my own head and away from all the conversations that just wouldn’t stop.

Buttercups through a fence / part of Saved by a babbling brook (inspiration) on

So I did. I walked down the road and focused on the crunch of gravel and the tweet of birds. I enjoyed the evening sunlight as it started to cast long shadows. Bursts of sunlight trickling through long blades of grass, unexpected mounds of wild flowers where you wouldn’t expect… beauty and perfection was everywhere. It was lovely and quiet. 

That triggered the focus on the simple beauty that surrounded me. The beauty I forgot about. The ‘free inspiration’ we have around us 24/7, but we are too busy to take note.

But the writer in me fired up the internal voices once again. And of course, shot all these iPhone pictures…. (good blogger! bad relaxer…)

“Can’t you just be still?! Stop writing mental blog posts! Not everything has to be documented…”

Can you relate? ๐Ÿ˜€

Flowering bush under a tree / part of Saved by a babbling brook (inspiration) on

And that’s when I found a babbling brook. I sat down in front of it, closed my eyes, and just listened. 

But I wasn’t met with silence. I was met with internal pondering on how I needed to change some things that hung heavy over me. We all have those. But it’s just easier to get busy and push them aside than deal with them head on, isn’t it? Yes. It is.

I was basically saved by a babbling brook. It made me stop, take note, refocus. Prioritize.

But that’s not where things ended.

Evening silhouette / part of Saved by a babbling brook (inspiration) on
I was in my element, when a car rounded the corner. A car with an agenda. A hot rodder decided to burn a little rubber and careened all over the road right next to me. He didn’t see me sitting behind the tall grass ‘in my element.’ 

It was so fast that I didn’t even have time to jump up and run for higher ground, but you can bet I was feeling my heart pound in my head.

Luckily, the car straightened out and head up the hill. And it was right at that moment that I realized, it could have been all over, just like that.

While that babbling brook drew me in, it could have also ended things. But perhaps that was the exact wake up call I needed at the time.

Gravel road in a forest / part of Saved by a babbling brook (inspiration) on
So let’s say the end transpired. Where did I leave things at home? Online? In my head and heart?

Suddenly, all the internal babbling stopped. It didn’t matter any longer. None of that mattered.

What mattered most was, we are not promised a tomorrow. So what can you doing today, right now, that matters the most? What is calling you?

Only you can answer what matters most in your own world. Everything has a priority. Are yours in check?

So stop fighting with yourself. And go find your quiet babbling brook.

And just listen.

And here I thought I had nothing to say…

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  1. WOW! Thank you for sharing this. My Gram just passed away. Tomorrow marks a week since we said our final goodbyes. I have been useless this week. So much to do. And nothing to do it with. No desire, no want, no “real” care BUT lots to be done! My heart is broken, my mind is full of want to do’s and needs to be done’s but by being so overwhelmed, my desire is gone. Today, though chilly, I have my sliding glass door open and I’m listening to the rain.

  2. All’s well that ends well ๐Ÿ™‚ Sooo very much rang true with me, funny how things come along to give you a little nudge and some perspective…. xx

  3. Glad you’re okay. Very, very glad. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I know exactly what you mean, though, about projects and writing and . . . all of it.

    It’s true that loss will make you reevaluate. For a while. But then us overthinkers get back into that familiar rhythm, don’t we?

    How nice that a friend’s blog post can be the epiphany for me this time, rather than the loss of a loved one. Thank you. xoxo

  4. Thank you for sharing! I have found myself in the same boat today and I needed to read this. Love your blog and wish you all the best!

  5. Donna – so thankful you are ok! So much of what you posted rings true to my heart. So I’m heading out to find my babbling brook. Have a good weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Thank you for sharing. So glad that you are safe. Love all the photos. The recording of the brook is too short. Would love to hear more! Have a super great weekend.

  7. Wow! I had to marvel at your statements because they sounded like you were reading me. That’s the same problems, if that’s the right description, that I have. Often times, I’m so overwhelmed with work to do around this house, that I just shut it down and do something more pleasurable, like I’m planning to do today, go shoot some photos, which is my favorite hobby. I’m a photographer nut, still shoot film with no intention of going digital. Digital is beautiful, but I just love film. I’m an analog person in a digital world ๐Ÿ™‚ A few weeks ago, I jumped into the medium format and I love it!

    Anyway, I just had to comment on this because you summed up my life. There’s so much work I have to do on this house, I can literally spend the rest of my life working on it and it still won’t be complete. But, I do a little at a time and then it’s time to focus on what I enjoy.

    One Love

  8. PPS. I was so anxious to write a comment after reading part of your blog, I stopped reading before getting to the end. I just went back and read the rest. I’m glad you weren’t injured by the jerk in the car! You were protected by the Most High! I do believe that! It could have easily have been a different outcome; you were blessed!

  9. Thanks for sharing…. I am an overthinker too! Sometimes it gets so bad that I dont do anything at all. Nice to know that I am not alone. You are so right about clearing our heads and listening to nature. It grounds us. Gives us focus!

  10. I so hope I meet you one day. Every blog post is exactly what I need at the time. I blog too, but sometimes it takes someone else to say all the things that are in our own hearts and minds and speak them to US.

    Thank you!

  11. OH MY Goodness, Donna, I am so very glad that you weren’t hurt, or worse! ๐Ÿ™ What a major fright! I swear you live in my head some days, kinda crazy! I totally shut down when I have tons to do, excuses, blah, blah… or the computer takes the whole day!!! What, how does that happen? I agree with you 100%, everything has a priority, making sure your on that priority list is key though. You inspire, thank-you!

  12. Sometimes we need to get out among nature for our souls to get peace and calm to invade our souls, sometimes it is a day sometimes longer, but then the renewing helps us to find our ways once again, then the creativeness will come again like rivers flowing outwards of our inter selves….I know how you feel….take care of yourself… will come back stronger than ever…..

  13. Donna,

    I’ve been following your blog for over a year. Your life adventure has given me insight into my own journey. Thank you for putting your thoughts to writing – I agree….each day/moment is so valuable.

    Take care,

  14. Glad to hear your okay. Projects will come and go, but the question is are we happy. I have been asking myself that question a lot lately, and I always head outside and listen to the birds, look at trees and the sky, even if raining and gloomy, and I always appreciate what I have and remember it can always be gone in a second. Nature is a great way to relax and refocus!!

  15. I’m a major over thinker.Glad you are safe. Why does it take big things to help us appreciate the little things? Wish I knew how to relax and not always think of the next thing that needs doing. Great post. Hope you can find time to relax too.

  16. OMG! those are the same exact excuses I hear every day! (in my mind.)
    I make lists to try to help me accomplish what I need to get done but those don’t always help either. Thanks for your insight. Love your blog/website.

  17. Donna, I’m so glad you’re okay. It always amazes me when we as humans feel overwhelmed and stressed out how one action can put our lives back into perspective. I wonder how the hotrod driver would have felt had he/she known what almost happened. Hopefully it was a one time driving stunt and they won’t try that again!