There are reports of versions of our expression "silence is golden" dating back to Ancient Egypt. The first example of it in English is from the poet Thomas Carlyle. Thomas translated the phrase from German in Sartor Resartus, 1831
"Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life, which they are thenceforth to rule. Not William the Silent only, but all the considerable men I have known, and the most undiplomatic and unstrategic of these, forbore to babble of what they were creating and projecting. Nay, in thy own mean perplexities, do thou thyself but hold thy tongue for one day: on the morrow, how much clearer are thy purposes and duties; what wreck and rubbish have those mute workmen within thee swept away, when intrusive noises were shut out! Speech is too often not, as the Frenchman defined it, the art of concealing Thought; but of quite stifling and suspending Thought, so that there is none to conceal. Speech too is great, but not the greatest. As the Swiss Inscription says: Sprecfien ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden (Speech is silver, Silence is golden); or as I might rather express it: Speech is of Time, Silence is of Eternity."
Seems we have been wrestling with the same issues since the beginning of time...
When is the last time you scheduled silence into your daily routine?
If you’re like most, the answer is probably ‘never.’
Silence Speaks Volumes
Here’s 5 great reasons to rethink the power of silence…
1. Silence fosters creativity: Quieting the chatter, both verbally and mentally, means new ideas come to light.
2. Connecting with your inner-voice: You might surprise yourself when you discover that you already know the answers to the many questions swirling around your head.
3. Reeling in real rest: When you give over to silence, you enable yourself to simply be. Silence can have a uniquely restorative effect.
4. Embracing silence: Silence does not have to equal ‘wrong’; it’s actually a wonderful way to regroup and renew. Enjoy your silence with a smile, and people will start to read it as your own private moment – not as a bad mood.
5. Silence strengthens listening: Don’t be afraid of pauses and moments of quiet. It gives you and those around you a moment to breathe…and to listen to and take in the ideas, body gestures, sounds and words of others.
Silence has been my drug of choice...I have come to crave it. -Peggy O'Kelly, Founder
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