The peace and quiet of peace and quiet is so precious – as we ‘own’ the piece of quiet.
On a beach, or a couch (your own, not some head-doctor’s couch) or hiking a quiet mountain country trail – there is rarely complete quiet/silence unless you’re wearing noise-cancelling headphones (but seriously, those are for listening to music or tuning our crying babies on airplanes), like my Bose noise-cancelling headphones – but I digress.
Back on topic – this piece of peace we seek is not about sound/noise, not about scenery or serenity, is it? It’s peace in mind and quiet of belly. I was thinking about this the other day as I was developing a speech I plan to deliver soon. It’s about confidence and money – when we have plenty we never think about them much, and when we are short on one or both, it is hard to think about much else because anxiety invades every time.
Not in our ears, not in our field of view, but roiling us nonetheless – and this is when we need a piece of peace most of all.
p.s.: yesterday afternoon – with family in Fort Saskatchewan; piece of peace indeed …
I really liked this musing Mark! Sparked a thought from dads direction where you show up and do your best or don't show up.PERIOD! I, like you Mark, was lucky to have the father I had. Hope your drive and time in Edmonton went well for you. JJ, Calgary, AB … from Pigeon Lake
Dear Mark, I read your column most days and most of the time, while interesting and somewhat philosophical, they are just that. Your column, ENTITLED OR UNTITLED, not only spoke to the core of who I am, but gave useful advice on titling speeches. I shall be passing this gem along to my fellow Toastmaster Club members. Thank you so much for this truly wonderful column. WF, Valleyview, AB, ( Valleyview Toastmasters Club #8463)