by Tiffany Crosby on 03/22/18
Lights, sounds, and action surround us 24/7. In the midst of this constant sensory buffet, the value of embracing silence has been lost. Silence has become uncomfortable; a void to be filled with something -- a text, a snapchat, a tweet -- something. And I can't help but wonder, what would happen if our devices suddenly stopped working. What would people do if they found themselves disconnected. Would they pick up a book? Talk to one another?
Or would they embrace the opportunity to be alone with themselves? Would they take a quiet walk with just your thoughts, no music or podcast to occupy their minds? Would they spend some time looking up at the clouds or the stars in the sky?
As much as I'd like to believe they would. I know the answer for most is that they would not. Embracing silence is scary to most but it need not be that way. There is value in silence. Silence clarifies. Silence magnifies. Silence settles. Silence shifts priorities. Silence is a powerful force equally available to all. It doesn't discriminate.
And yes, that includes the mother with three screaming children. They do have to sleep sometime, and the laundry can wait for 5 or 10 minutes as you enjoy a few moments of silence. And yes, that includes the busy executive whose schedule is packed with meetings. At some point in time you have to switch location (I hope) and you can take 5 or 10 minutes during the commute to enjoy a few moments of silence. The power of silence waits patiently to be unleashed in the lives of any and all who would dare to stop and take notice. Are you willing to give it a try?