“Listen to the sound of silence”.

Silence

young woman closing her ears with her fingers

They always say that “if a look could kill!”, half of the mondial population will be dead! But what about silence? Once in a while, you will hear people wish for some. “If only I could get some silence!”. Give them a “silence treatment”, then ask them if they wish for more! Someone did you wrong? Remember! “Silence is the best revenge!” And  why express your anger when”silence is the most powerful scream”? You are sad? Don’t cry, don’t you know that “silence is a person’s loudest cry”? What about that date that has been ghosting you?  Well, too bad, silence can indeed break your heart!

In my perfect world, there are no leafblowers, no workers, no loud neighbors, and the list goes on. I will be at peace then. A pure delight! But put me alone in a cabin in the middle of nowhere for a few days, and I will be crawling back to town, to the very noise that I was running away from. Like most people, I crave for some silence, but not for too long, only when I need it I guess. Why? Because silence can sometimes be scary! And when I say scary, I mean dead scary! There is a difference between wanting to be left alone and finding yourself really alone, especially when there are no other lives involved. We might dread the noise, but there are times when silence happens to be more dreadful.

Nowadays, silence has become a luxury that not everyone can afford. Of course, unless you live in a semi-remote place or can afford to spend some time in a monastery or go on a silent retreat. “Silence is golden.” But ever wonder what it would be like to live in a perfectly silent world, where even sneezing would be considered a nuisance? Would our silent world be a peaceful one? And would that make us any happier?

What I truly enjoy the most about silence is when it creates comfort, not distance. Silence can be full of words, full of music and poetry. “Silence is a text easy to misread”. But when you sit with a person, and the silence between the two of you feels comfortable, how reassuring is that? To realize that you might have found true friendship (or love) in that person because “silence never betrays”.

 

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