Sparked by Words

Silence

We argue with ourselves all the time. May the better part of us be victorious. I argue with others all the time. May the better part of me be silent.

 

Just a thought, 4

 

Painting courtesy Dionis Baixeras, Knitting, 1888, Google Images Wikimedia Commons

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Comments on: "Silence" (17)

  1. Good reminders.

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  2. Some of my favorite thoughts on silence are from Dag Hammarskjold –
    “We all have within us a center of stillness surrounded by silence.”

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  3. Usually, I can agree with whoever I am with. However, there are certain people who just naturally provoke me into an argument. It is only through great effort I can stop myself from speaking in their presence. I do not know why this is. It is not that they are unpleasant.

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  4. I’ve actually been thinking I need to argue back more often. I hate confrontation, tend toward passivity, and I think that may be the wrong approach (now I figure this out, 50 years later).

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    • Jacqui, there are times when people should defend themselves. You’ll have to determine when to speak up, when to hold your tongue, and not let it grate you either way. The last part is what’s really important and almost impossible to predict.

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  5. WOWZA!!! This is something I would like to reblog . . . and just might when I stop procrastinating. Do you have a good saying about procrastination?

    re: Jacqui’s response
    I think there’s a difference between arguing, differing opinion and healthy discourse. I applaud the two Republican woman senators who didn’t argue but publicly stood up for their beliefs in the face of opposition. No matter the viewpoint we women should be less afraid to speak our own truth, whatever that may be.

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    • I completely agree with you, Judy. There are times to speak up, especially when defending those who are helpless or who speak against any injustice or outrage. I was mostly thinking of times when I speak too quickly, before I’ve given fair and thoughtful consideration to a situation.

      I also treasure the passage in Torah, in Kings 19, where Elijah searches through a storm but cannot find God, for God is not found in a great wind, (perhaps a tornado or cyclone) a violent earthquake, or a raging fire. Finally Elijah finds God in a soft, murmuring voice, the still small voice within. It has been called the voice of silence. The implication is that God is always there in our hearts. God speaks to everyone if we are willing to listen. We don’t need drama or destruction to find God, only the patience to listen quietly. My thought is a reminder to myself that I often accomplish more when I close my mouth and open my ears and heart.

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  6. I do this, too. Anything I really need to remember, I blog about it. That helps me stay accountable to myself. 🙂

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  7. The simple and true brilliance of this goes so well with your wisdom and guidance. Love this, Shari.

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