It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Chapter 8, Page 24, Book 19

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.

Marcus Tuillius Cicero

August 24th - in the silence

Somewhere we know that with out silence words lose their meaning.that without listening speaking no longer heals, that with distance,closeness cannot cure.

Henry Nouwen

Things have been very quiet here at my house. When you live alone, you learn to appreciate noise, but you also loose your patience with it . Too much or too littleis not good. Because Im here alone, I get used to the quietness and donrealize how muchI’ve adapted to it until Iin the midst of a crowd and find the noise irritates me. When everyone talks at once its hard for me to concentrateon conversation. I want to hear everything they all have to say, but its impossible . 

I’m thankful that I can hear without the use of any aids. But sometimes I’ve felt like I could use ear muffs, to tone things down. Loud noise almost hurts my ears. It’s hard a find a good balance. There a times too, that I think I forget how to talk. unless it’s talking to my self. Human contact is important. 

I remember the days as a young mother, I wished for five minutes of peace and quiet, and I learned you have to be careful for what you wish for. I got that wish and now I’ve found it isn’t all it’s made up to be. 

Still living alone does have it’s benefits, not the least of which is enjoying my own company. I get to do what I love when ever I want to do it. I’m never bored. I’m confident enough to know to know you can surround yourself with people but not depend on them for my own happiness. 

I live alone but never feel lonely When we are alone it is the only time we are free. Free from the influence of others, free to learn at you own will and free to create what your heart desires. Being free to follow your thoughts and chase after them. 

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.

Josh Billings


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I prefer the happy laughter of my family over silence .

betty said...

I do like a quiet house. Always have. Miss the kids being around but I did welcome when they were in school and the house was quiet. Wouldn't even put the radio on or the TV for company. One gets a lot of thinking done when one is alone I do believe.


jack69 said...

You seem to always mention things of real life. Since I am totally deaf now when my hearing devices are out I know what silence is. Most folk have no idea how noisy this world is. I remember the two ro three times we have been in the after math of a hurricane with no power around, that too it silence.
I smiled at your comment about the young mother wanting just 5 minutes of silent time for yourself. I know Sherry has said something like that at times. LOL
Good one lady.
Sending love from the Carolina's,
Sherry & jack

Chatty Crone said...

You know what - silence is golden. I don't think you can hear the other person - if you aren't silent. Here everyone wants to talk and no one wants to listen!