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.
What I am searching for is the gaps – the silences. This is how I see the past: as an excavation. You sift through the rubble, pick up one fragment here, another there, label it and record where you found it, noting the time and date of discovery. It is not just the foundations I am looking for but something at once more and less tangible.
There are in life a few moments so beautiful,that even words are a sort of profanity.