No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut. – Sam Rayburn
Life is all about connecting with others; what would we do alone? We assume that communication means talking and expressing. However a lot can be communicated through silence. What was Jesus trying to communicate when he kept his silence during his trial in front of Herod? He had made his case to Pilate and he knew he wasn’t going to get anywhere with Herod so he submitted to the moment and kept his peace.
Silence has many benefits. It helps us keep our composure. It allows others to talk, express and be heard. The listener can learn and be more sympathetic. In the face of injustice, when nothing else works, silence is often the best response. The scales of justice will eventually tip in favor of the oppressed. Silence is also the perfect antidote to the hustle, the bustle and the craziness of modern society.
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM a listener.
Recommendation: Art of Being by Erich Fromm