The value of Silence
Silence is something we don't hear much about in today's busy, energetic world. We are surrounded by hustle, bustle, noise and activity in almost everything we do. We have smart phones, tablets, computers, and a variety of other devices that invade and prevent silence from enveloping us. There is a value to silence and I'll try to share a few examples in this post. As Allison Krauss once sang, "you say it best, when you say nothing at all."
What is the value of silence? Let me share just a few thoughts from my own perspective and also add a few links with comments by others much wiser than I am:
- Silence allows us to notice things we overlook
- Avoiding distractions allows us to focus more completely on important issues
- Silence also allows us to hear things that are buried under the normal buzz of daily life
I could add more, but I think you begin to see and hear the picture.
Marilyn Price-Mitchell wrote an article on Silence in a Noisy World where she shared this point:
- The act of sharing our experiences with others is the first part of developing reflective practices that lead to greater awareness and learning.
Dan Pedersen also offered this great insight in his article The Value of Silence:
- We're afraid of Silence because we equate silence with insignificance. We want to be heard and seen. We want to make ourselves relevant. We want to be somebody in the eyes of others.
Silence can be golden and sometimes our silence will speak volumes. I encourage you to take time to isolate, reflect and rebuild your own ability to see and hear what you may be missing.