I will take time to be quiet. In this silence I will listen… and I will hear my answers.
– Ruth Fishel
We live chaotic lives, often surrounded by noise and commotion. We’re dealing with kids, coworkers, traffic, and the barrage of thoughts in our own minds. Movement is constant – and almost expected to show that we’re active and productive.
What would happen if you just sat and listened? If in the middle of the chaos you were simply quiet and still? How would you, your team – or family – react? How would it impact the perception – and reality – of strength, wisdom, and confidence? How would it help you to understand yourself, and help others to grow?
There is a power that comes from stillness and quietude. Think about what exists in the quiet, blank areas of paintings, music, and even our lives. A pause actually adds information and context. Being quiet calms us, and then calms others. A quiet leadership style provides the time to observe, contemplate, connect, and focus – both on the world around us and within on our own thoughts.
My wife and I try to make time for this. Sure, we’ll discuss the activities of our day and decisions we need to make. But we’ll also sit on a beach or enjoy breakfast on the porch. Together, observing the world, in silence. Silence actually creates an emotional connection and bond strengthened by quietly sharing the nature around us.
Be still, be quiet, and observe what is happening around you.