I have loved music for as long as I can remember. During my youth, it was on. All. The. Time. Music was like an appendage. To say it was vital to my existence feels like an understatement.
As I grew into my 20s and 30s, music still played a vital role. It filled my car while driving. It had significance to relate to whatever joy or pain I was experiencing. It was present as background noise as I worked and even as I went to sleep. I shared all my "new music" finds with my best friend and we'd belt out our favorites like we were pros.
While music remains an important part of my life today, I've come to value silence.
Back then, silence was boring, an emptiness that needed to be filled. Or, worse, it was embarrassing, likely because of not having something to say during awkward moments.
Now, I see silence as a valuable treasure that I am blessed to have unearthed. Silence allows me to think and reflect and contemplate big and small ideas alike. It helps me concentrate; my brain doesn't have to process multiple inputs. Silence has made me a better listener. I now give those around me the space they need to speak their minds and I truly listen. It affords me the opportunity to connect with myself and with God. That gift is priceless.
Silence now fills my head and heart with joy, just as music did when I was younger. I guess I now consider silence to be music to my ears.
What does silence do for you?
Be open to what comes.