#AtoZchallenge Q is for Quiet

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“Our culture is biased against quiet and reserved people, but introverts are responsible for some of humanity’s greatest achievements.” –Susan Cain

Famous Introverts-

  • Albert Einstein
  • Bill Gates
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Sir Isaac Newton
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Rosa Park
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • JK Rowling
  • Al Gore
  • Mahtma Gandhi
  • Michael Jordan
  • Meryl Streep
  • Charles Darwin
  • Frederic Chopin
  • Emma Watson
  • Courtney Cox
  • Laura Bush
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Candice Bergen
  • Roy Rogers
  • Joe DiMaggio
  • Elton John
  • Lady Gaga

and the list goes on and on.

I consider that an impressive list and it’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’m very quiet. I can sit at a meeting and never feel the need to speak. I hear things that no one else does because they are all talking. There is strength in being quiet and I think it intimidates those who are not. When I point out something that I heard, people appear shocked, as if my ability to hear and think is directly connected to my participation in the dialogue. It is interesting what you hear when people are talking and they think no one is listening. (I know, why are they talking if they don’t want to be heard? Well, maybe you can tell me!) I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard a comment, not meant to be heard by the entire group, uttered loud enough to be heard. Now, I’m talking about a meeting setting where a group of people are sitting around a table, with multiple conversations taking place at once. Almost always, people are talking over each other and as I look around the room, I wonder if I’m the only one listening. It’s draining and probably a good thing that no one expects me to talk- except sometimes I do have something to say…

“We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly – spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.” -Susan Taylor

And then there is the other quiet. In a world that is filled with chaos, craziness, and sensory overload, I cherish my quiet time. I especially find myself seeking quiet places since so many of my days are filled with an energetic, talkative two year old! There are times when I find myself in complete silence, no tv or music, no talking- just quiet time. And although music is like an instant anxiety reliever, the silence around me really energizes me and gives my batteries the recharge they need.

I’m sitting in my family room right now, my Netflix show having been paused for a half hour now, listening to Ari’s breathing getting deeper and more relaxed as she settles into her nap, hearing the wind blowing,making a whooshing sound down the fireplace. The ice maker just whipped up a fresh batch of cubes and they clattered into their bin. There is ticking from the clock and creaks and groans from the house as it settles, although I’m not sure why it’s still settling after standing here for over 70 years…

I have approximately an hour before my two year old buddy awakes from his nap, and then it’s back to building block towers, pounding out tunes on the xylophone accompanied by singing and dancing, and all the noise and energy that little guy brings. And my quiet time will come to an end until later tonight, when it will be much needed- AGAIN!

Hope your day is filled with quiet or chaos or both- it’s up to you!

-Kat

You can read the rest of my A to Z posts- HERE.

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11 thoughts on “#AtoZchallenge Q is for Quiet

  1. Lady Gaga is an introvert? That said, so am I and I get a bit of a look when I tell people that.

    But I need my alone time – and have taught my kids that sometimes they need to leave me alone. My husband backs me up on that which is pretty awesome, too in that when they were younger he actively kept them away for a couple hours on Sunday so I could have a break. It is VERY needed.

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    1. I was surprised by a few people on the list but they showed up on more than one list!

      That down time is so important, especially when your kids are little. It can be quite draining.

      My husband also gave me that much needed time- and my kids would hunt me down in the house to ask me things. Lol I always responded, “Where’s your father?”

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  2. It’s true, eh? Some of us knows the ‘power’ of silent, but our society at large is really losing this awareness. People tend to think that if you don’t speak is because you’re weak or dumb, and that if you are aggressive and tolkative, then you’re energatic and have lots of ideas. It isn’t the case, not all the times, but that’s the mainstream idea, to the point that people who are quite feel emarginated.

    I’m not sure there is a solution to this.

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter – 1940s Film Noir

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    1. This is the reason I really value those people who take the time to talk one on one with me because they understand and accept that I’m quiet but also have something to say that is of value.

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  3. Isn’t it wonderful to just sit and listen to the birds, the wind, and normal sounds. Being around people who are talking loud, arguing, and milling around, just drains me. I need the quiet, too. 🙂

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