Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Silence: Slice of Life

In today's writing class with Cathy Mere and Julie Johnson, I was asked to write about, What proceeds silence?  
My thoughts on silence will surprise those who know me.

For me maybe silence is preceded by maturity.  I am one who others say likes to gab filling any empty air with the sound of my voice.  Perhaps one who talks just to hear herself talk. I would have to agree with these statements and stand up and own the truth of these words.

Recently it seems I am embracing quiet time, maybe even seeking silent minutes. The silence gives me a chance to reflect on my thoughts. In my silence I find my ideas, new and old seem to find a space to settle in and breathe. I like this new breathing.

9 comments:

Fran Haley said...

First: I love the TKAM quote by Atticus. SO TRUE. The silent time, breathing time, also resonates deeply with me. This is a most refreshing post - thank you!

Becky Leff said...

A very honest post! You are brave to let silence take over for awhile.

Fran McCrackin said...

I like your surprise answer- maturity.
And the evocation of breathing. I agree.

Linsey Taylor said...

Silence. There's just so little of it.

Teachers for Teachers said...

Silence is powerful -- I always notice the teachers who are quiet. I love to find them and hear their thoughts when we are 1:1. I too am one to fill the silence at times - I have worked hard at wait time with adults. kids are easy - adults it is much harder to let the silence sit. Thank you for sharing - gave me some food for thought!
Clare

Alice Nine said...

After a long day of teaching, I crave a time of silence. It's like elevating my feet after I've stood all day. On the other hand, I have always been capable of "endless chatter."

Alan Wright said...

It is a worthwhile reflection to consider the importance of silence Deb. Silence is for me a double edged sword. Tranquility on one side, isolation on the other. I was drawn to your slice given that I have recently been writing about the very same thing in my notebook. Thank you for allowing me another writer's perspective. Always informative.

Ramona said...

Love this reflection. I must admit I'm envious that you're in a writing class with Cathy Mere and Julie Johnson. I think all of us need to seek space and time to settle in and breathe.

Novelista Barista said...

quiet time is needed - maybe not every day just once in a while to reconnect with your thoughts.