Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) author and philosopher wrote:
“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;
And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.
And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.
For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.”
We live and work among strong opinions, diverse perspectives, and competing narratives. So how do we escape from the ‘cage of words?’ I am seeing more all the time that my responsibility is to take both my words and my thoughts from silence and meditate on them compared to scripture. It is not a completely foolproof method but at least it is a place to begin triage of my rambling. I am finding that less and less needs to be said and more and more listening in silence.
“Peace be still.” Jesus