Monday, 14 February 2011

"Q" part two...

I was informed last night, that my 'quiet' blog post irritated one of my few, faithful readers... I chuckled to myself, but was also quite flattered that my dear friend was so interested in my sage words of wisdom in regards to quiet.

The thing is, I'm really struggling to put what I feel into words.  I'm not sure why I'm finding it so hard going this time, because I know what I want to say, but I don't know how to say it.  I suppose that's why I was so drawn to the above photo.  It seems (most closely) to capture how I feel. 

I find silence and a bit of quiet is a double edged sword.  Sometimes, all I crave is a bit of peace and quiet - I'll sit with no noise and nothing to listen to but the wind/rain/cicadas and my thoughts.  Often my thoughts roar around in my head, louder than anything else.  Sometimes, this can go either way - I end up in tears, or I end up giggling to myself.  I think both are healthy and necessary in their own way.  I wouldn't trade my quiet times for anything in the world. 

But my favourite thing about quiet is the ability to sit quietly when in the company of others.  In social situations I often have to stop myself, in order to really shut up and observe.  It's amazing how much you can learn just by being quiet.  That being said, that's not even the specific context I'm referring to.  What I love is that delicious, comfortable, safe silence when you're with someone who knows you and loves you.  When there is no need to talk, and it's okay to be quiet - that's what I love most, because those times are with the ones I love most.

When do you cherish and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet?  


Two Shades of Pink said...

Quiet is sooooo hard for me. I like this post a lot and it is wise advice. I LOVE YOUR BUTTON on your sidebar. Sadly, my editing software does not allow me to delete white space so I have not figured out how to do that for those who don't have white backgrounds on their blog. Once I do, I will let you know! Thanks for liking it and leaving me your lovely comment!

nancy (aka moneycoach) said...

(referred here from Megan's blog, Snowcovered Hills).
I am increasingly committed to Quiet. My ideal is to have 30 minutes of quiet a day, but it rarely occurs. But when it does, without fail, I enter into the rest of the evening more grounded and able to be "present" to whatever the evening holds.

Anonymous said...

Quiet is still hard for me - funnily enough, I was better at it before I was married.... I find that I have to make an effort to stop myself chattering inanely!

I'm working on making the background transparent - I downloaded some programmes last night and am having a play... I'll let you know if I figure it out! :) Thank YOU for your lovely comment!

Anonymous said...

Nancy: That sounds like a brilliant idea. I think I may try to commit to 30 minutes of quiet - I love my music, but I find that I've started leaving it off in the mornings while driving to work, just to centre myself in preparation for the day.


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