#WQWWC....Theme: Silence

It's another week of  Writer's Quotes Wednesday, hosted by Marsha from Always Write. If you're interested in joining, you can find more about #WQWWC here.

This weeks theme is silence. Some people love silence, quiet, others are uncomfortable with it. I think I'm somewhere in between. I do enjoy silence and often when I'm home alone, I love the silence just as much as when I have my spotify playlist playing and I'm singing along. I don't like awkward silence when I feel like words or something needs to fill space. I don't like it when I'm just not sure what to say. I become quiet when there is conflict or I feel like my words aren't going to be received. But I've also learned to embrace quietness. 

Marsha shared some great definitions of silence, and the synonyms were powerful. Head to her blog to check them out. I'm sitting here reading them as I write this post. I always think of the most obvious definitions, like "stillness, absence of sound", which are usually seen in a positive light. I feel, as I read these words, I've experienced so many of the others as well from the time I was a child, even through adulthood. 

My lack of self esteem certainly caused me to silence many thoughts, dreams, maybe even hidden talents because I was afraid of what people would think or say.  Growing up our voices were often quenched. Our parents loved us, but there was tension in the home between them and the relationship with my dad wasn't always the best. Sometimes we are given the silent treatment from people and that can be heart breaking. I'm experiencing that a bit right now. It's sad, it's frustrating, but I've decided, I can't do much more and it's not fully my responsibility! It's still not easy. 

Ah, yes. Sometimes we just need to sit in the silence, to quiet ourselves so that we can hear. Hear our hearts, if we are spiritual, hear the voice of God who is always speaking to us, or perhaps it's the silence of our own voice so we can truly hear the voice of another person. 

Sometimes when we fill our space with "noise", we aren't able to listen, to learn, to understand, to gain wisdom as the quote says. 

I thought this was good. Maybe an actual, physical place, or something entirely different. I'm not sure. I don't really feel like I have that personal space that I cherish as a "quiet place". I don't really like to go on trips alone, maybe because finances never afforded it, otherwise, maybe I would enjoy a yearly weekend at the coast or somewhere else. 

Oh how true is this statement. I feel this way so often lately. 

There were so many powerful quotes on this simple word, that really, isn't so simple. As we enter the Christmas season with songs of silent night I just thought of one of my favorite Amy Grant songs:

I love the lyrics:

I need a silent night, 
A holy night, 
to hear an angel voice
through the chaos and the noise, 
I need a midnight clear, 
a little peace right here,
to end this crazy day, with a silent night. 

With Joy Unquenchable,


  1. Kirstin, this is a powerful post. You are going through a period of sorrow, maybe deep maybe casual, but at any level, it sounds like you are processing it through blogging and listening for answers. The good news about life is that it moves on and carries us with us. It is hard work to hold on to unhappy thoughts unless we internally block out life. You are the kind of person who appreciates what life offers and time will lesson the pain of sorrow as it carries you to new dimensions. Maybe that's why there was the old greeting, "Godspeed." Godspeed your healing process whatever it is, my dear friend.

    1. Thank you Marsha. Your words are so true. Not only is it hard work to hold on to unhappiness, etc., but it is so unhealthy, physically and mentally and emotionally. I've seen the toll that it all has taken on others, and it's just not worth it. I feel like there is a big difference between sadness and unhappiness. Sadness is a wave we ride when it comes, unhappiness is something we create ourselves through lack of forgiveness, etc.


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