From Henri Nouwen's Bread for the Journey:
"The Still, Small Voice of Love
Many voices ask for our attention. There is a voice that says, “Prove that you are a good person.” Another voice says, “You’d better be ashamed of yourself.” There also is a voice that says, “Nobody really cares about you,” and one that says, “Be sure to become successful, popular, and powerful.”
But underneath all these often very noisy voices is a still, small voice that says, “You are my Beloved, my favor rests on you.” That’s the voice we need most of all to hear. To hear that voice, however, requires special effort; it requires solitude, silence, and a strong determination to listen.
That’s what prayer is. It is listening to the voice that calls us “my Beloved.”"
All other goals aside, this is maybe my most fervent heart-hope for this winter season. Or, really, year. Or, really, life. To determinedly seek that solitude and silence necessary to hear that still, small voice. To stop listening to the "you should be's" and pay closer attention to the "you already are's."