Fog Advisory

Improve the Silence


“Don't talk unless you can improve the silence" Jorge Luis Borges. This quote, I get, but who determines what improves the silence?

Silence is golden. I grew up in silence, and I crave it still. Silence is golden, for, in the quiet, I hear the Holy Spirit without distraction. Silence is not aloneness.

If we are silent, we send a powerful message that communicates that we don't agree or are not going along with what someone says. We all have experienced or grown quiet, sending the message that we disagree with something or someone. Silence gets attention.

Speaking less doesn’t necessarily mean thinking less. Speaking less opens up the mind to deeper thoughts and evaluation. Silence is freeing.

“It’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.” — Abraham Lincoln. Oh, I've removed the doubt many times in my life. When I go in God's direction, he gives me the words. Otherwise, I fall. 

Silence is polite. 

“Wise men speak when they have something to say. Fools speak because they have to say something.” — Plato. I've found myself filling the void, and it is exhausting.

“Before you speak, ask yourself if what you are going to say is true, is kind, is necessary, is helpful. If the answer is no, maybe what you are about to say should be left unsaid.” — Bernard Meltzer.

How many hours a day do you embrace silence, and sleeping does not count!

Psalm 62.5, For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.