hearing a pin drop

A six-day trip was canceled the day before it was to happen. I suddenly had this breadth of time in front of me. Rather than fill the time with scheduled activity, I opted to dedicate it to an “at-home retreat.” I was incredibly productive (I do, after all, work from home most of the time), but in a calmer and steadier way than usual. And I gave myself moments to sit in quiet. I didn’t literally hear a pin drop but I did appreciate the ticking of my kitchen clock.

What do you enjoy about a home retreat?