Irritating Silence


“From listening comes wisdom and from speaking, repentance.” -Wisdom Proverb

This is a great proverb but I am unsure it is completely accurate. Wisdom tells us that a wise person is known by their few words but what it doesn’t teach is sometimes silence offends the talkative. There have been numerous instances when I have had to explain to those not practiced in the discipline of contemplation that my silence does not indicate anger, resentment, boredom, lack of enthusiasm, not willing to be a team member, dislike or other negative assumptions.

We live in a world where non-stop chatter is preferred over well chosen and examined reflection. Still, I would rather have to explain a habit of silence than an undisciplined tongue.



About is a place for sojourners walking this spiritual path called life. - Essentialist, contemplative, author, advocate, old soul

Posted on February 19, 2014, in Mindfulness. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Ah yes, it shows that we always have to remain flexible and simply be there to meet the needs of the moment.


  2. One of my favorite quotes: “I have often regretted my speech, but never my silence.”


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