Silence isn’t a bad thing, nor is being alone at times. It allows us to be introspective, productive or even creative with our time. Over the years, I have learned to value the quiet, of being alone when I need it the most.
When I was young silence, could be restrictive, even suffocating, in part I believe because we are to young and can feel the overwhelming power of the world around us. The world we live in is massive as a young person the enormity of the world around me could be frightening.
For many silence can be too much, making them feel cornered or restricted. In reality, it becomes a prison for them. I know people who despise being alone and insist on filling every moment with people, noise or things to distract them. After all, it is easier than confronting ourselves, and exploring our own fears and insecurities.
With the holidays just around the corner, being allowed to have this time is indeed a treasure for me. It means I get some me time, where I can take care of the things I need to do. It isn’t always easy to juggle our time when we have a family. All too often we lose any sense of quiet when we decide to have kids.
During my day, if I can manage to find at least an hour of quiet time I am a happy camper. Sorting through my thoughts and feeling for the day is an excellent stress reliever. It allows me to find my own stride as I go about life, actually accomplish something I may not have otherwise gotten to. Perhaps that is due in part to where I am in life now. I still value the enormity of the world around me, but instead of fear, I feel comforted by it.
That is one of the pleasures I have learned to love about our cabin in the woods, the beautiful dark silence that surrounds you. It makes you feel small and tiny. You know in your head that there are dangers out there, wild animals that could cause harm. The peace and serenity it brings are well worth any misgivings I may have about the wildlife. If you take the time to listen to the quiet around you, you may find that there is peace in it that we all need.
Quiet is a good thing that allows for thoughts. The enjoyable silence of an empty house or a quiet mountain top can give us balance to function in the chaos that we all must live in today So next time you're alone taking a moment close your eyes and just listen, listen to the quietness that surrounds you. Its nothing to fear, it is in reality a gift.