Welcome to my blog. I have had ALS for 10 years now.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Silence Is Golden? I ponder the proverb.

As with many proverbs, the origin of this phrase is obscured by the mists of time. However, the meaning is simple: "Some times not saying anything is preferable to speaking." I ask myself, if silence forever has richness that I'm yet to experience.
As many of you know, I'm losing my voice. It is slurred and slow but still clear enough for most.
Eventually it will disappear and I will only make sounds with no meaning. Speaking will be from a machine and other communication will vary from a letter board to finger signals to a buzzer. Will I find this silence golden? Will you? I expect I'll experience frustration but overall will fare well. Why?
Simply because I've always enjoyed being alone. In solitude I have learned most of what I know.
I want to define solitude as a positive state--not loneliness. As May Sarton said,"Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self."
Never stop talking because I am silent, talk more and let me learn.

The song: Silence Is Golden
You can listen to it here for old time's sake.

1 comment:

Alice said...

i, too, think i'd do fine in the silence.

we've been on the road for the past couple weeks - in fact, we're still out of town and out of state - kali is in the midst of debate competition season so we are traveling alot. some places have internet, some do not. it's nice to be able to catch up on your postings. feels like coming home :)