I usually post a new blog every Monday. It’s Thursday, and I’ve still got nothin’ to say.
So perhaps it’s time to be still and rest. In our noisy world, where people clamor for attention so they can feel validated as individuals, silence is not a big virtue. In fact, as parents, we fret over children who won’t answer clearly, freely offer a handshake, or advocate for themselves to teachers and coaches. Quiet children concern us. How will they ever make it in this world??
And we miss the best self-soothing mechanism ever invented. Rest. Peace. Tranquility. The ability to be quiet and completely comfortable.
A lot of wise people have written about this concept. Here’s some food for thought, from some well-known writers:
“I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” ― Chaim Potok,
“Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.” ― George Eliot,
“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.”
― Elbert Hubbard
“You have a grand gift for silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle,
“Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.”
― William S. Burroughs,
“How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.”
― Virginia Woolf,
“Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it. – Amir” ― Khaled Hosseini,
“In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.”
― Mother Teresa,
“If you can sit in silence with a person for half an hour and yet be entirely comfortable, you and that person can be friends. If you cannot, friends you’ll never be and you need not waste time in trying.” ― L.M. Montgomery,
“Silence is full of potential wisdom.” and “We live, in fact, in a world starved for silence, for solitude, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.”–C. S. Lewis
“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”–Proverbs 14:30
And so I sit in my kitchen with the glass door open to a back yard bathed in early morning stillness. Only the birds chirp excitedly to one another, and wind rustles leaves awaiting autumn’s color. I wonder why I can’t live right here, every day, breathing in peace on earth instead of the frenzied pace of a universe catapulting toward exhaustion and disillusioned hopes.
Maybe having nothin’ to say speaks volumes.