I spent last week in New York City accompanying the church choir on their trip to sing at Carnegie Hall and then remaining for a few days with my wife to be tourists. It is difficult to find stillness in the City that Never Sleeps. The volume of energy, people, noise, light–it is overwhelming for an introvert. Staying in Times Square did not help. I have much to learn in order to be still in the midst of unrelenting noise and busyness.
I did find a bit of quiet. Coffee at 6:15AM in Times Square when it was 32 degrees. Of the thirty people I saw, I was the only one stationary (although not for long as it was too cold). Still, the billboards flashed and the sea of taxis parted down either Broadway or Seventh Avenue. There was movement, but at that hour, for a moment, the noise abated and I could smile at the absurdity of sitting in the midst of a concrete canyon trying to listen for the whisper of the Spirit.