Tuesday, July 22, 2014

message in a bottle: time and silence

Time and silence are today's luxuries.

I live for Saturdays and Sundays.
I live for the peaceful feeling of waking up and expecting absolutely nothing stressful for the day.
I live for hours and hours of Hay Day playing and book reading with occasional tea drinking and cupcake munching.
I live for the quality time spent with my loved ones.
I live for days when I can wear shorts or jeans with slippers or tank tops.
I live for the heat of commuting and the cold of going home from a fun day, no reason to frown, no reason to get tired.
I live for the days when I'm off work and work is off me.

I'm an introvert so I naturally get pulled to the silent, more "boring" side of things. I always was the one who can just stay in one corner, read and time will pass by unnoticed.

Being in the middle of the hullabaloo of the mid-20s (work, career and the chase of a dream), I crave for time and silence. I long for those precious hours I have for myself when I can do anything and it won't matter to anyone but me. I find those moments important. Those times are when I get to center myself and bring back what the noise and pressure tried so hard to get rid of.

The world is more than the activity, the movement, the cycle. It is existing to be appreciated, to be known, to be seen. How can we see something that constantly moves and changes? We have to stop our own noise and just look.. So we can begin to see.

Give yourself that chance to stop and relax, to know more about your surroundings, to get to know more about yourself. I sometimes hear people labelling that as "laziness". No it's not. It's a wise decision to have that pit stop. I'm not saying to discontinue work or learning, it is to welcome rest and quiet.

Grab a cup of caffeine. Sip slowly. Turn an electronic page (if you're into ebooks) slowly and purposefully. Glance somewhere else if the written word impacts you. Go out and try a new food joint. Try a new cuisine. Cook. Walk. Run. Hug your husband. Make time. Savor silence.

I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own. - Chaim Potok, The Chosen

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