Monthly Archives: October 2015

“I think television has betrayed the meaning of democratic speech, adding visual chaos to the confusion of voices. What voice does silence have in all of this?” – Federico Fellini

A good question… This idea that silence is a part of our process.  It is the yang to the ying, the rests to the notes, and the pause to the run.  We Americans are losing the art of quiet, with all of our running off at the mouth.  should we say something when we’ve yet to consider the wealth of what has already been said?  And, to even speak without listening, or before knowing what thoughtful peace is worth, demonstrates our willingness to consider singularly, our own opinion.  No one… Let me say that again… No one knows enough wealth of thought to speak all of the time.

I value those who can be with me, and enjoy the silence.  I cherish those who can listen and not interrupt.  When I’ve watched recent televisions programs, it is clear that even the writers and directors have no understanding of the importance of simply shutting up, and letting a moment of silence say volumes.  (Are they in a rush to go to commercial?  Where is the story without time to think?)  I find myself walking away from news programs because I don’t see the participants listing to each other… They all seem to

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius

I knew a wise little boy who said that when he sat very still and the clouds moved, he could see angels.  Who knows if he really did, but the expression on his face made me think it was the truth.  And, I believe that sitting still brings about an ability to see other beautiful things… I don’t know what things you see when you sit still… But if you haven’t tried it, I highly suggest you do.

Everyone needs to walk away from the phone, the TV, the kitchen appliances, the computer (I’ll be doing that as soon as I post this) and simply allow ourselves to be in the beauty of creation.  And, when I say creation, I’m talking about everything Man did not make.  (God made something out of nothing…  We just use his creation to make something of our own.)

I love my back yard, which explodes into the desert.  In a minute I’ll be out there listening and looking, and hopefully seeing the beauty.

May your day take you to that quiet beauty as well.


Carolyn Thomas Temple