Monday, April 20, 2015

Quiet (Elements of Existence) #AtoZChallenge

English: A nice view on the quiet landscape in...
A nice view on the quiet landscape in Twisk, The Netherlands  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
than a house full of feasting, with strife.
Proverbs 17:1
New International Version (NIV)

       The world can be a noisy place at times, but still there are quiet places to which we can retreat.  Solitude and silence sometimes seem like something that many fear and yet these are states that are vital to our sense of inner peace and personal sanity.  We should not only seek out the quiet places which we can use to our meditative advantage, but we should strive to help create environments of quietude for ourselves and others to enjoy if even for only a few minutes at a time.

        So many of us feel the need to have chatter around us whether it be the television, radio, or merely our own idle talk.  Once in a while it doesn't hurt to just keep your mouth shut and listen to others or even strain for the distant sounds of all that surrounds us.  We usually don't have to strain much for that!

          I'm not suggesting that we should just clam up and not have conversation with others, but we should perhaps be more careful in the things we say.  I've been trying my best to speak carefully when I'm among others.  A quiet person can have a lot of impact when their words are spoken.  Try to make what you say count for something.   Words can be like precious treasures or dangerous daggers.

But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Matthew 12:36-37
New International Version (NIV)

1 comment:

  1. As an introvert, I'm a huge fan of quiet. =) Talking to people is sometimes, really hard for me to do. That picture looks like a good place to go for some quiet.


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