We live in a society where we must always be heard. We must always voice our opinion. We must. We must. It has become more and more apparent to me that there is more beauty in silence than in boasting. There is a finesse about holding back what you simply “must” share and, instead, just listening.
I submit to you the parallel of a band. When there is a song to play, there are moments for a guitar solo or a specific piano melody. If everyone plays simultaneously, then that melody will never be heard and the audience will leave knowing that they missed something. Even if it was never known that there was to be that melody, its as though there is something within us that just knows.
“Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.”~William S. Burroughs
There is most certainly a time to speak. But I believe there are more times in which to be silent and exercise restraint of our words instead of “compulsively verbalizing”. The ability to withhold words shows great maturity. In youth, we believe that we know much and that everyone must hear our knowledge. As we age and that is tempered, we see that there are many others that are more educated on the matter and why add to the noise?
Embrace the silence in your life. Those are moments of great importance. We will learn much from that silence. Embrace the silence, for it too has a sound.
“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