For the year 2013 there will be a variation to the usual words of wisdom posts. This year there will be a theme for each post. Quite similar to the 14th of February post last year, in which we focused on the subject of love.
The month of January has brought about many changes in my life. One of these significant alterations has been the loss of quietness and the opportunity to bask in pure silence. Dare I say, a luxury which country living affords. I took for granted the special times of silence: driving to work early on a quiet, dusty road, now replaced by the hustle and bustle of the highways and congested traffic. The hushed moments of an evening, as the birds and wildlife took their rest is now replaced by late night traffic, trams and noisy neighbours.
Since my move from country living to city life I now am more observant of the times when quietness replaces noise in contrast to silence replacing sound.
Why not this week, set aside a few minutes each day to mediate and relish the silence?
“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
“We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. This is the great paradox.”
― Nicholas Sparks
In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I don’t want to be married just to be married. I can’t think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can’t talk to, or worse, someone I can’t be silent with.”
― Mary Ann Shaffer
“My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.”
― Edith Sitwell
“Silence is a source of Great Strength.”
― Lao Tzu
“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.”
― Norton Juster,
“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
“You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No.”
― Alison McGhee
“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