Here, I sit coffee at hand, relishing the quiet? Today there is chatter abound with family visiting. They are in the living room, and I am in the studio working for a bit. My hubby Thomas needed some over due medical attention, so our daughter came up from Rhode Island after being cleared of COVID. She is a nurse. So her visit also a vacation became a way to figure Thomas out! Get him on the right track with appointments. I am grateful for that help.
Today’s thoughts are once again from Joyce Hifler’s book “To Everything There Is A Season”. “We learn so many good things from great souls, not always by what they talk about, but by their silence. There is often a more meaningful communication of understanding and trustworthiness in silence than in conversation.
There would be much less clamor if we could just stop talking soon enough. The plight of the human being is that he creates a mountain of disturbances and then tries to climb over it.
We seem to think nothing is working well for us unless we can see it, and to make up for what we cannot see, we talk about it until we create problems where none existed. When time is all spent talking there is no time for listening, and without new ideas talk is cheap.
Robert Louis Stevenson said, “You start a question and it’s like starting a stone from on top of a hill; away the stone goes, starting others.” And so it is with talking, the first idle remark may foster others until the words all run downhill and cease to have meaning. Getting back the silence that is golden is to start back up the hill.”
How true! And so well said. “Are we not our own worse enemies when it comes to how we communicate at times. It is not hard to run into trouble.
“All things tend to cease when we complain about them, relentlessly the spring rains stopped as if they were coming from the shower faucet and someone had flipped the handle. Perhaps they really stopped because it was no longer spring. But for whatever the reason, the lush green of the forest was suffering, first from too rapid growth that depended on a great amount of moisture and then from a complete and sudden lack of rainfall.” Too much! Too little! So it seems____