#224 / Here’s to the quiet things

Saturday edition

“Look for the silences between the words. Sometimes they have a richness all their own.”


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I keep thinking about the quiet things lately.

I know in my 20s, it was so important to me that I lived a loud life. A big life. An important life. And I put so much emphasis on the externalities that would lead to status, adventure and attention. I suppose I’m learning more and more now, that it’s the quiet things that really make up a life. It’s the quiet things that can so easily go unnoticed. It’s a look, or a glance. It’s somebody’s fingertips brushing against yours. It’s that fresh smell in the air after it rains. It’s that tiny first puff of smoke after you blow out a candle by your bedside.

These are the things that aren’t dramatic, that you can’t necessarily spin as anything cosmic. But I think there’s something beautiful in them all the same. If we learn that life is the culmination of tiny wonderful moments, tiny wonderful breaths, and tiny wonderful brushes with the profound, I believe we have a chance at reaching for a more authentic kind of happiness.

All my love,

Joan

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