Thursday, April 21, 2011
Enjoy the Silence
To start off, yes, the title is from a Depeche Mode song. Here's why-it is VERY rare for people nowadays to actually enjoy a moment of silence. We're constantly bombarded with noise-television, computers, cell phones, and the like to the point where silence has actually become awkward. Everyday life has become a noise factory-in every sense of the word. Where has the silence gone?
My mom alluded to this one day recently when we were in the car together after having ridden for a while with the radio off and no word spoken. It wasn't an awkward silence. It was a nice, peaceful silence. She mentioned that she misses those days when she used to ride in the car with family with the radio off. Occasions like that can actually be quite pleasant. That occurence had me thinking about the oft missed opportunities to savor quiet and just be.
Contemporary Western lifestile rarely affords time to get away from the noise. However, there are ways to fit it in-namely in the form of using TV and radio commercial time to literally unplug. Though it may not be much in the short run, the minutes add up and you still have the chance to fit in all you have to (and want to) accomplish in a day. Even if you're one of those people that cannot bear the thought of being idle-ever- commercial breaks are ideal for getting things done such as prayer, journaling, meditation, and reading. Silence is even great to try when heading somewhere or hanging out with friends or loved ones. Times of tranquil quiet, in fact, is usally an indicator of great, long-lasting relationships.
Everyone has days where they want to shut everything out for a while and just be. With all of the demands placed on us as human beings in the 21st Century, such moments have become mandatory in order to function properly. In all honesty, there is no better way to chill than pure quiet time. Whoever coined the phrase "Silence is golden" knew what they were talking about.