The Words of Silence:
There are too many beautiful words, quotes, and stories in this world that have moved people’s hearts and minds, and to limit it to just a few is a bit disheartening. However, one can try their best to label some of them as their favourites.
(This quote is from an American spiritual teacher, Ram Dass.)
As a quiet and introverted person, I find myself to be more observant to my surroundings than most people. I see things in my own way; reflecting on it, and thinking about it, and before I decide to comment. Although I might not say much, and can come off as an airhead, I feel that most of my world revolves around my own thoughts and my own mind. Because I reflect a lot on my own, I can see my own flaws and strengths, and I often wonder how both myself and others would feel in different scenarios in my head. I automatically try to analyze and figure out how another person is feeling, and I think this has led me to become more empathetic to other people’s emotions and situations. This is why “The quieter you become, the more you can hear,” really resonated with me, because it reflected my perspectives of how I view myself, and how I view others. This quote is also why I chose John Cage’s 4’33 as my song, not only because it interested me, but also because it reflected my aspiration of becoming someone who can recognize different emotions and surroundings.
Because of my personality, I don’t often speak out and participate, due to my fears of being wrong, or the anxiety of feeling rejected, and it leads me to admire those who can speak so eloquently and voice their opinions without hesitation. However, being quiet has its perks; I would rather listen to someone else’s stories or dilemmas and try to find ways to help instead of talking about myself. In this way, I’ve become a good listener, and I realize the importance of keeping silent when someone wants you just to listen.
“I’m not the messenger at all. I’m the message.” (Zusak 357)
“I am the Messenger” is one of my all time favourite books. (I read it when I was in book club in grade 9, and I loved it so much, I finished it in a day.) I read this book when I was in a state of anxiety and frenzy (being a grade 9 student and all), and it made me realize that anyone in this world has the potential to be a good person, no matter the circumstances or how tired of life they are, including myself. This novel brings the message that any person in this world can realize their true potential, and resolve to follow that path. The protagonist, Ed, found his innate characteristic to help others; he was so desperate to save them that he held no concern for himself. The quote I put above is the last line of the novel, and it is significant because the author sends the message saying that everyone should care for their own life, and realize that they are not a lost cause, or a good-for-nothing person, as long as they choose to invest into being alive, leading to a meaningful life.
People are able to do simple acts of kindness and not realize it at all. Everyone has the potential to be good. Everyone has the potential to have purpose, as long as you choose to act on it. This relates to my opinion of the importance of silence. It is not just the words that come out of your mouth that can save a person’s life. I believe that the silent actions of others, even if no one realizes it, can save both oneself and others. Silent acts of kindness can help one validate themselves, and recognize that they are doing something worthwhile for someone else. As the saying from the Bible goes, “It’s always better to give than receive.”
“Open your eyes, Open your heart.”
This is a quote that I always hear from my dad whenever a problem comes up. Although usually its said over simple things, like when I can’t find my phone and I had forgotten where I put it, or when I don’t want to share my dessert with my little brother. However, I’ve decided to explore this quote into a deeper context. “Open your eyes” means to not be blind to other people’s suffering. It means, to me, not to turn away from something that you can help with. I would say that this trait is part of my personality; I can’t/won’t/shouldn’t leave someone behind if they are in a state of distress. I feel that I need to try to help them before I can carry on with my own business. This leads to the “open your heart” part, and it means to be generous (as my dad likes to use this word), and help someone if they need help. It also means to be honest to those around you and yourself. It means to convey your true feelings and self to the world and to not be afraid of doing so. It is my personal mantra to be kind, honest, and brave.
The Words of Silence:
We are taught to believe that silence is a weakness.
Because you are not strong,
You are not heard,
You are only a follower.
We are taught to believe that your voice is a strength.
Because then you are strong,
Then, you can speak,
Then, you are a leader.
But sometimes, our voices are not needed.
Sometimes, one should not speak.
One should understand pain.
One should silently listen.
Sometimes, silence can be the best cure and the best relief.
The Words of Silence are needed.
A necessity for one to listen,
For one to observe,
For one to open your eyes,
And for one to finally understand.