#235 / There is something about silence

Tuesday Edition

“Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue.” - Henry Rollins


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I have a busy life. That’s putting it mildly. Even now, in the middle of lockdown, my world is spinning with a thousand different things. There is so much to think about, focus on and pay attention to. A wall of noise that surrounds me. But in that noise, I’ve started searching for small moments of total silence, whether alone or in the company of someone else, a silence that is soothing and gentle and all encompassing.

Our lives aren’t designed for that anymore. They’re designed for constant stimulation. They’re designed for an endless number of channels and inputs, and I worry that we’re learning to become so desensitised to the surrounding cacophony that we have begun to forget just how beautiful the silence can be.

We don’t have to live in it. We don’t have to thrive in it. We don’t have to even like it. But we should make time for silence, all the same. Because there is value in it, and there is something about it that will give you time to reflect and recover and reach for yourself again.

All my love,

Joan

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