and desist from all things fun and noisy.
blessed relief from the barrage of busy noise that assails them on all sides.
rejecting a manuscript. Quiet books
don’t sell well, they say. Publishers want
books with more action, more drama, more excitement – all of which will sustain
attention spans, warrant multiple readings, and of course, sell more
books! Or so the theory goes!
QUIET itself, have power.
in excitement and suspense, they compensate for with poignancy, with moments
that make us pause, ponder, and wonder. Pondering and wondering are fast becoming obsolete in this
age of Google, where the greatest sin of all is to admit,
be Googled. Not all things can or should
be measured. Our world brims with
mystery and wonder and often the best response to such mystery is……SILENCE.
us. In the face of immense beauty or gut-wrenching tragedy, words seem out of
place, like an unwelcome guest. A priest
friend of mine says that when people are in the midst of grieving and sorrow,
we should not even try to utter words, for there are none that can possibly comfort. Instead, we should bring only our
silent presence –
Not an easy thing to do in our culture that clamors for answers to the
mystery of suffering!
the hum of voices, and the clatter of tools equates with productivity. But
remember what Socrates warned,
tangible, quantifiable product. We are
more comfortable with that which can be measured, defined, and quantified, than
something more elusive, such as an idea simmering or an image being created.
It’s interesting to note that Americans use the word, VACATION for that period of non-working time, whereas I grew up in Scotland using the word, HOLIDAY.
VACATION – comes from the Latin, VACARE, meaning to empty.
HOLIDAY – comes from the Old English, HOLY DAY ( a time to RE-CREATE). Hmm, different ways of looking at the whole issue of being versus doing.
to BE so we can DO.
example of the power of QUIET. With
spare, poetic text, and enchanting illustration, this book explores the
different kind of quiets that fill a child’s day from morning to night. There is no dramatic storyline, no plot
twists and turns, no specific characters, no huge excitement – it is a quiet
book about all things quiet from a child’s perspective….and it is a New York
Times bestseller! So much for quiet
books not selling!
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but
by the number of moments that take our breath away.” ANON