Silence is Golden

“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

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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 ~

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6 Comments

  1. I must say, I felt I could have written this post. You see, this is exactally how I feel. I love to be alone, I love the country, I love the silence, I like people, but many of them never stop talking and they really are not doing anything but making noise. So here’s to you and this fantastic post, I second everything you said.

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  2. Dearest Eva,
    This is a story that so very much applies to me!
    When I was a child, I was very quiet too, an avid reader and a very keen observer I must say.
    Just like you, for being able to create such art work you must be an excellent observer first.
    Let me share this post from about 4 years ago with you: {30 Years Ago In My Rose Sweater}
    Those that blabber on, sound like hollow oil drums… They make a lot of noise but nothing of value is coming out. And yes, I have had colleagues like that and certain acquaintances that I would try to avoid by all means. Whenever I have to complete an important task, something difficult or whatever, I need absolute quiet time or else I cannot focus. Once that did yield the results I opted for, I can handle others far better and just ignore the noise levels.
    It also has to do with a certain intelligence level I guess, a lot of people that blabber on, have in fact very little to actually share with others. Guess that’s how they try to make up for the lack of it.
    Enjoy your weekend and I’m very happy that you found a new job, closer to home and a lot more quiet.
    As much as I miss certain things that we cannot buy here, mainly health foods, I would never want to live in Metro Atlanta with some six million people congesting the roads.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  3. For some reason, my comment from yesterday does not show…
    Dearest Eva,
    This is a story that so very much applies to me!
    When I was a child, I was very quiet too, an avid reader and a very keen observer I must say.
    Just like you, for being able to create such art work you must be an excellent observer first.
    Let me share this post from about 4 years ago with you: {30 Years Ago In My Rose Sweater}
    Those that blabber on, sound like hollow oil drums… They make a lot of noise but nothing of value is coming out. And yes, I have had colleagues like that and certain acquaintances that I would try to avoid by all means. Whenever I have to complete an important task, something difficult or whatever, I need absolute quiet time or else I cannot focus. Once that did yield the results I opted for, I can handle others far better and just ignore the noise levels.
    It also has to do with a certain intelligence level I guess, a lot of people that blabber on, have in fact very little to actually share with others. Guess that’s how they try to make up for the lack of it.
    Enjoy your weekend and I’m very happy that you found a new job, closer to home and a lot more quiet.
    As much as I miss certain things that we cannot buy here, mainly health foods, I would never want to live in Metro Atlanta with some six million people congesting the roads.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

    Like

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