The Wisdom and Blessings of Quiet

 Photo courtesy of Boaz Yiftach,

Photo courtesy of Boaz Yiftach,

As a leader, your world is likely full of activity. And when's there activity, voices are present. Your voice, the voices of your colleagues, the voice of your clients and customers. Endless voices. And where there are endless voices, there is little (or no) quiet. I'm an introvert, so I likely need more quiet than most people, but I believe ALL leaders need quiet. We need it because there's wisdom in quiet and there are blessings in quiet too. Been struggling to carve out time for quiet? Here's some motivation:

“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven't the answer to a question you've been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you're alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.” (Norton Juster)

“Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it.” (Khaled Hosseini)

“It's quiet now. So quiet that can almost hear other people's dreams.” (Gayle Forman)

“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude.” (Rollo May)

“Others inspire us, information feeds us, practice improves our performance, but we need quiet time to figure things out, to emerge with new discoveries, to unearth original answers.” (Ester Buchholz)

“All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit quiet in a room alone.” (Blaise Pascal)

“Quiet is a blessed gift. In this frantic world how we must cherish every moment of it, and carve it out for ourselves every chance we get.” (Anne Ortlund)

Here's to demonstrating the wisdom in quiet, and experiencing its blessings as well,