Thursday, January 07, 2010


Big things insist on our consideration. They are in our faces, demanding action. It’s the little things, the quiet moments, the often unnoticed inflection of voice or questioning of eye, the small tootle of a morning bird, the singularity of a snowflake, that need our awareness.

So, we begin to listen to the unspoken, to see beyond the obvious, to open the eyes and ears of the heart. We begin to pay attention and in the very act of noticing, we acquire what we need most – perception, insight, patience.

In the silence, we get to hear ourselves – and that just may be all the incentive we need to make a change.


Russell said...

Very nice thoughts -- and so true.

Often it is what a person does not say that communicates the biggest message.

What do people say? Over 90% of communication is nonverbal? Something like that.

Your post reminds a bit of my favorite writer -- Theodore Dreiser. I enjoy his writing because he makes observations just like you did in this post.

Take care.

Reya Mellicker said...

Beautifully put, Pauline.

This explains, so eloquently, why I meditate every day. It ups the ability to focus, it really does.

Thanks for this.

Anonymous said...

Yes, yes. More attentive silences for us all in 2010!

Pauline said...

Gosh, Russell, I've never been compared to such an illustrious author before - thanks!

It's a form of meditation, Reya, this kind of paying attention...

Thanks for coming by, Dick

Meggie said...

I have always been one to observe small unimportant objects, colours, insects, petals. I see the beauty of all the world in the smallest of details.
Lovely post, Pauline.