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are you even capable of being quiet?

July 12, 2011

Music is the space between the notes.”

– Claude Debussy

I have been known to talk. A lot.

It is how I get things straight. I say the words out loud and when I hear them set free from the inside of my head I get to hear just how silly they might sound. Or not.

I have been blessed with friends who get their things straight in silence. (Apparently you don’t need to vocalise every thought!) I guess they need the quiet so they can hear the words inside their head to get a feel for how silly they might sound out loud. Or not.

I don’t know. I mean, I know there are people like that. I am aware of their existence.

I just don’t understand them. Or their silences.

I would like to think that I am getting better at talking less and listening more. I don’t know. I guess I am.  Or not.

What I do know that is takes both the notes and the spaces between them to make the music.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2011 10:25 am

    Chuckle! I love both the lightheartedness and the depth of this! Well said – with spaces!

  2. Megan permalink
    July 12, 2011 10:23 pm

    I get that a lot. My son asked me for “the short version”, once – and my husband reminds me when I hit “lecture” mode. I think aloud too. But it is the way I do it best. I guess we just have to take cues from those who don’t.

    • July 13, 2011 9:39 pm

      Now that you mention it Megan, one of my daughters seems incapable (even to me!) of telling a short story. It is always long and incredibly detailed. Perhaps she has my talking gene too.

  3. July 13, 2011 11:30 am

    Its called personality my friend, and it is a wonderfully worthwhile study. Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstien reckoned the things that are unsaid are more important that things that are said… or something like 🙂

    • July 13, 2011 9:42 pm

      Paul sometimes, when I was younger, I wondered if I talked because I was afraid of the silences and the things that were unsaid. The jury is still out but the night is still young!

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