Some days I just enjoy the silence…not just the quiet outside, but giving my mind a rest. It’s been such an unusual year, and the stress of 2020 has taken its toll. Right now, I’m reveling in the quiet.
There are a lot of things that are out of whack in our lives right now. Dysfunction, pretentiousness, ignorance and hate. These are things that used to consume me, because I felt like I could fix things or change things that were truly out of my control. Although I’ll always be an “extroverted introvert”, I’m learning to appreciate the silence, especially by listening without the instinct of wanting to fix things.
The most important election of our lifetime is less than 10 days away, and regardless of the outcome, there will be a lot of arguing over political and social differences. People will lose friendships for the sake of having the last word. Sadly this won’t change anything – if ever there was a time for more listening instead of talking, it’s now. I hope that over the next few years, we see more unity, and we hear less division in our words.
Whoever coined the phrase “silence is golden” is a genius.