"Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us. Not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is filled with a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence. It is hard to find. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. Silence is a place of great power and healing. Silence is God's lap.

Many things grow the silence in us, among them simply growing older.
We may become more a refuge than a rescuer, a witness to the process of life and the wisdom of acceptance."
~ From "My Grandfather's Blessings" by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

One of my "sistahs" shared this yesterday ... thought I'd pass it on ...


Lydia said...

It's the silence between the notes that makes the music.:)

Terri said...

You know you are good friends when a moment of silence doesn't bother you. Wether it be a long moment or a short moment.