“It is better wither to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word, and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.” Pythagoras (500BC)
“Silence is a source of Great strength” Lao Tzu
Sometimes it is better to be quiet than talk just for the sake of talking and getting nothing said in the end, it’s just a lot of words. I was sort of picking this topic for my post today, and sometimes I just get an idea or inspiration what to write about and I get down to it. Ever since I was a little girl I have been very quiet, but perhaps that was due to that I was shy back then. You would rarely see me running around shouting or anything like that. When I reached my twenties I changed a little bit and got more outspoken in public. Is it good or bad being a quiet person? Well, I suppose there are both pro’s and con’s and we are all different people, some are just quieter than others. And I tend to fall under the ‘one of the quieter people‘ category.
There has been many times I wish I would have said more, and stood up more for myself when I grew up, but that just wasn’t in me and because of it I had to go through some hurdles, some small and some bigger. However being quiet doesn’t mean that I am not interested in other people, I am a good listener and speak if I have something to say, not for the sake of just talking. I’d say that I take time with people to really listen to what they are saying. I think it is important to take time for people, especially if someone turns to you and want to vent something about their problems or whatever it might be. Having said that, there are also those that never seem to get tired of hearing their own voices and you don’t get a chance to air a single word. They just go on and on and on…and on…and at those instances I can just sit there thinking….‘don’t forget to breathe‘… I do like people don’t get me wrong but some people are just too much. I do love studying people and their behavior, some might call it to be ‘the silent observer‘.
How many times have you found yourself in situations where other people are not being considerate? They are just being very loud, almost as if they just have discovered the sound of their own voice and like it. I raise my both hands to that I have, I don’t know how many times, found myself in situations like that. I spend a lot of times commuting to and from work every day, and there are days when it is just such a terrible journey, and the thirty something minutes I have to travel, becomes a complete nightmare. I am trying to chose a seat where I can just switch off and tune them out, but that doesn’t work unless I put my headphones on and put on some music. Sometimes it works with some nice relaxing instrumental music but at times I even have to dig out the heavy stuff, for example ACDC and put it up really loud, which seems to be the only way to shut the penetrating voices out.
This topic is really close to home because this is what I am experiencing on a daily basis, but to add a little bit of positivity, and that is that I will be leaving these noisy environment/s in a few days. To start a new job closer to home, which means I don’t have to spend time on a bus or train, thank you God! It will only be me and the car, and I do enjoy my own company, thankfully I might add. Would be scary if I didn’t. It will also be a relief to leave the city, and not having to go in there every day anymore. I am a true country person and always will be. Give me a surrounding of green lush hills and fields, lot’s of trees and I am in heaven. I love it when you can just get out of the house and all you ‘hear‘ is the silence. Can there be anything better than that? I don’t think so anyway. You are missing out on so many beautiful things if all you do is go around making noises everywhere you go, without taking time to actually listen.
And as the first quote in this post says, it’s better to say a lot in only a few words, rather than ranting on and on and on and at the end having said nothing.
~Eva’s Chronicles ~