I remember the days when I couldn’t get a friend on the phone, there was nothing on TV, and nothing … absolutely nothing … to do.
I didn’t have a computer, an iPod or Cable TV.
I had books, pen and paper, a field out back and an imagination.
I had silence. Lots and lots of silence.
Interesting things happened during the silence. I wrote poetry, trained my dog, trained my body, did a lot of thinking, read a lot of books. I went for rides with my mom, went on errands with her … there was nothing else to do, afterall.
While I wished I could reach a friend on the phone, or that there was something on TV, all that silent time helped make me who I am today.
Things are so different now. There isn’t any silent time, down time, boring time. Every moment there’s media streaming into our brains. Into my kids’ brains. They’re listening to music, watching videos, playing video games, texting. It’s all information all the time.
When life is like that, of course they don’t want to do other stuff. They don’t want to go for rides or run errands or read scriptures or practice the piano. There are so many better things to do! I worry that my boys won’t develop all the talents they could, that they’re missing out on experiencing what silence feels like–and how it can be a good thing.
This week we’re taking a family vacation–a tech-free vacay. I’m so looking forward to it! *I* need some silent time. Because even I have a hard time giving myself silence. I sleep to a noise machine, get ready to music, listen to audiobooks when I’m doing housework or driving, watch TV when I’m relaxing, listen to music when I work. Where’s the silence!!??
If all that’s in our heads is noise, when can we receive inspiration? Revelation? I’m looking to my little vacation to kickstart a new habit … the habit of silence. Silence is a commodity I am in sore need of acquiring, for myself and for my family.
Do you seek silence every day? How successful are you?
If you loved the Desolation Trilogy, then check out Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series. I just finished reading it and it’s got a lot of the same themes as Desolation and a similar style. If you read it (before or now/later), let me know what you thought!