She listens closely to the silence as though the sounds just beneath the surface are awaiting to release the significance of a moment.
The silences weren’t awkward. For me at least. Because I was there in the moment with him.
Our toil must be in silence, and our efforts all in secret; for this enlightened age, when men believe not even what they see, the doubting of wise men would be his greatest strength.
Cuando más importante es una cosa, más parece que queramos callarla.
Being busy is a distraction and I am sure that doing nothing, resting and sleeping are all good cures for modern life. I am not suggesting we all do nothing but sleep, however, sometimes stopping long enough to ‘be’ can be very powerful.
Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence. It is hard to find. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. Silence is a place of great power and healing.
Seated at table –
no need for the fracture
of the room’s silence; noiselessly
But, even when angry, she had a voice that would put finches in their place and lull them to silence.
The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence.
Better to be a laughing-stock than lose the fort for fear of being one.