I think most writers are silence lovers. I do enjoy a great amount of solitude and quietness. It is in the stillness of the moment that I can hear the birds, appreciate nature, hear my heartbeat and quiet my soul. It is where my inside chatter can slow down. It is not always easy to seat still, away from the paraphernalia that I got use to, such as music, e mails, phones, social media, and others.
As I addressed on one of my previous post, I am a Uber driver. As I navigate riders around, I inevitably become part of their world for a brief passing time. It is as if I am inviting people into my living room. I try to be as professional as I can. Have a clean car, look groomed and presentable, absolutely never answer my phone, never text and drive and have the music or audio books turn off once I arrive to pick a passenger.
Sometimes people can become almost rude demanding music or requesting the cable to play their own music. The latter, I learned to politely deny it. People’s choices of music can have an impact on how I drive and on my ability to focus on what is the most important think. Safety.
There are many studies on the healthy benefits of silence – lower blood pressure, boosts your immune system, helps creativity, helps plague from forming arteries, reduce stress among others- There is also an overwhelming evidence that many successful man and woman have quietude, as their closest friend.
When I feel unable to enjoy the silence, it is most likely due to my own lack of peace. I would also argue that the more I seek to fill the gap with noises, the less incongruous my entire being becomes.
The irony of it all is that by avoiding the sweet silence, I go right back into the treadmill of life bouncing back and forth from guilty, anxiety or distresses of life. The more I discipline myself to remain still, the more equipped I am to face life. The happiest moments of my life is when I become one with the stillness of the moment.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God”
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