The Power Of Silence has been edited by Rushi Bhimani.
“Nothing strengthens authority as much as silence.”
-Leonardo Da Vinci
Have you ever felt extremely disturbed due to getting into an argument with someone? A heated argument where you lost control over the things you say, and said things you’d regret later. Have your train of thoughts ever left you perplexed while it went out on a full blown journey? Don’t you think the inner and outer oscillations; the rapid change in behavior can be combated with one harmless power?
The Power of Silence.
Life tends to throw a million incidents your way every single day; incidents where you can choose to keep it all together. It can be during an argument with your parents or a benign feud with a colleague or a rather pointless disagreement with the boss. Only if one of the involved parties decides to not say anything, remain silent. Silence here is not synonymous to compromise. It simply means be the wiser one. Your ego may try to force you out of it. But if you choose to remain calm during such a tense situation, a lot of trouble can be avoided. If you remain silent, you become the bigger person. The battle of egos can be put to an end by keeping a grip over those venomous words.
I say, at times, just listen. If you listen to the other person first—calmly and patiently—and then present your counter argument or even support their idea, it really will do winders. Moreover, you are going to be categorized as great listener which is good. A tiny moment of your silence gets you the tag of a nice person. Does that not sound good?
Very often I tell people, “You are not the clothes you wear, or the language you speak, or the songs you sing. You are the thoughts you have in your mind.”
As a matter of fact, I strongly believe that your inner self is the person whom you always idolized. It is the specimen of what you always wanted to be like. In order to march towards happiness, you must first connect with yourself at an intimate level. Thus, you got to introspect which is done best in silence and solitude. It is no secret, that you will end up finding answers you have always wanted to.
Read a book, go hike, sit there on your terrace and gaze at the stars. Embrace the rare moments of silence, and if you will, let them consume you to soothe the restless soul.
Dan Brown in his book ‘The Da Vinci Code’ wrote, “When a question has no correct answer, there is only one honest response. The gray area between yes and no. Silence.”
Perhaps, few of the greatest wars in history could have been avoided if peace and harmony had prevailed. If the state of mind wasn’t frantic but tranquil. Anyway, it is a thing of the past. However, there is still that sense of restlessness. Our war is a spiritual one.
So how about we fight that animosity with silence? Soothe the hostility with those unspoken words and powerful gestures. Just make the world a little better, a lot quieter.
Why not show them the power of silence?
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