Following on from my last post about speed, this week I’m sharing my thoughts about silence.

I enjoy having lots of noise around me.

Our house is always full of noise (with Jess) and this amplifies when Becks and Alex are with us.

It wouldn’t be uncommon for me to be writing (or working) with some type of music playing in the background.

In those moments I am often at my most creative and also productive.

More recently though, I’ve found myself enjoying the silence.

To the point that I’m almost craving it some days.

Whilst the moments of silence may be few, they are most enjoyable when they happen.

Silence is golden

As I child I recall hearing this phrase on the odd occasion.

Now, as a parent, I’ve certainly been guilty of saying this to my children.

Guilty in a way that I’ve never stopped and considered where this phrase has come from.

Until now of course.

The first example of it in English is from the poet Thomas Carlyle, who translated the phrase from German in Sartor Resartus, 1831, in which a character expounds at length on the virtues of silence:

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of life.

That fuller version – ‘speech is silver; silence is golden’, is still sometimes used, although the shorter form is now more common.

What it’s teaching me

In brief, silence is allowing me to;

  • Pause
  • Think
  • Consider
  • Breathe
  • Ponder
  • Reflect
  • Just be

In a world that’s full of noise and in a mind (my own) that’s hard to switch off, silence has become my treasured companion.

As I learn more about my ego, I seek to challenge my own thoughts and my own contribution to the noise.

Consciously, I am choosing to go gently and with gratitude and appreciation.

I’d love to know what’s resonating with you and what’s provoking you to pause and think.

Until next time, stay safe and big love x

*Note to self is a collection of thoughts that I’m sharing during this time to help me make sense of now.*

You can find all my Notes to self here.

Commit one percent of your day (14.4 minutes) and see what happens…