28 October 2009

Silence is Still Golden.

...work is not always required of a man.
There is such a thing as a sacred idleness—the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.

  • George MacDonald


Far too often we have a low view of the fullness of silence and stillness. I think perhaps this is because the concept of "fallow ground" is something that is foreign to many people. To devote any lengthy period of time not given over to problem-solving, information-gathering, working and producing, exchanging ideas, gaining new information and skills seems like a waste. And yet, if one takes time to be silent, to use the quiet time to listen and ponder what one has already taken in and absorbed, it can actually produce an abundant yield of new understanding. One might even have some highly innovative ideas or synthesize previously disparate concepts. We often learn most when we try least.