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The Joy of Quiet

February 9, 2012

Ah, the joy of quiet.

This article resonated with me. Thanks to my friend Rich for sending (fascinatingly enough, he gets me.) This month I celebrate 10 years of not owning a television. I have happily missed the “Reality TV” craze, though even without a TV I have certainly heard about it.

I have removed most media from my life, including newspapers, radio and magazines. (The quarterly exception is my on-again off-again love affair with InStyle magazine. It is a pure indulgence I periodically enjoy.) This has been a gradual process and one that, in my profession and my world, makes me odd.

Once in a while, as in this case, someone I trust and who knows me sends me something from the popular press that I will read. I trust Rich, he knows me and so I read it. Without meaning to, he paid me a compliment when he told me I was the first person he thought of when he read article.

I started taking silent retreats in 2007. The first time, I didn’t even know what a silent retreat meant; I just felt drawn to it. I remember flying home from some conference where I was on stage in front of more than a thousand people. Doing that, I felt no fear. The anonymity and passing glory of being in front of a big crowd and giving a talk were all I needed. But as I headed from that experience to spend two nights and one day by myself in silence, I felt terrified.

Though still angst-inducing, silent retreats are now part of my rhythm.

So, I relate to this article. I hope you like it.

And in the midst of our crazy work-obsessed world, I am trying with Wisegate to give our members a bit of quiet. A place where they can hear themselves think, listen and gain insight from people just like them. I’ll tell you more about how we do that in an upcoming post.

 

One Comment leave one →
  1. philA permalink
    February 15, 2012 8:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing. You are very unique.

    Interesting article.

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