Personal Musings

Embrace silence

Turn off the noise of the world and cherish silence

There is nothing wrong with silence. If anything, silence is underrated and undervalued. A quiet moment should be cherished, not considered awkward. Silence does not need to be filled with any sound, internal (meandering thoughts) or external (worldly distractions).

Distractions are a way to avoid silence. Silence should not be avoided. It should be embraced. Turn off the noise of the world and lean into stillness.

No TV.
No radio.
No sports.
No Internet.
No phone.
No social media.
No need to like something.
No need to comment.
No words.
No opinions.
No music.
No talking.

Just sitting.

No goals.
No expectations.
No distractions.

Silence and silence alone.

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By Jeffrey Pillow

Jeffrey Pillow is an American short story writer, memoirist, and poet. He is the author of The Lady Next Door. His writing has been published in Urge Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, 16 Blocks, USA Today, Sports Illustrated,, New York Times, Washington Post, and Richmond Times-Dispatch.

He grew up in the small town of Phenix, Virginia, population: 200, and now lives in Charlottesville with his wife, two kids, and a dog named Mozzarella Cheese. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he was a Rainey Scholar. This is his blog.

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