“My thought is me: that’s why I can’t stop. I exist because I think… and I can’t stop myself from thinking. At this very moment – it’s frightful – if I exist, it is because I am horrified at existing. I am the one who pulls myself from the nothingness to which I aspire.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea
Even though the weekend was great, there were instances when I saw expectations trying to creep in. That happened on the moments of silence.
Anytime it was quiet I could see my mind swirling with ideas of what to do and what to talk about. I would also think of what he should be doing. I expected.
I resisted those ideas. I shooed them away. I would tell myself: “all is as it is supposed to be. No need for words.”
M is on the quieter side. I think that most people are when compared to me. So in relationships I will often do most of the talking for the simple reason that silence makes me uncomfortable.
I am trying to be okay with silence and not feel that I have to fill it with unnecessary conversation.
This weekend, I tried. Any time there was silence I let it sit there. I let myself be uncomfortable. I made myself work with it.
“Silence is a source of Great Strength.” – ― Lao Tzu
Thoughts came and went. I didn’t voice them. The thoughts would come to the tip of my tongue and I would suppress them. Questions would pop up in my mind and I would purposely ignore them. It was not easy.
I thought of myself as getting stronger and stronger any time I fought the urge to speak.
It has been hard dealing with silence and not let expectations walk in. I realized that I need to be constantly entertained if I am with someone.
I cannot be together alone with my thoughts.
“Speak only if it improves upon the silence.” – Mahatma Gandhi
My thoughts are dangerous to a relationship in its infancy. My mind analyses, dissects, questions, expects. Nothing is good enough or perfect enough. Nothing will ever be as my mind conjures up. Nothing can ever compare to my expectations.
I admire people that can sit on a couch in silence and just be, with or without someone. I can’t.
Silence if I am alone is a little more bearable, but silence with another person kills me.
To me, worse than being with someone I can’t talk to, is being with someone I can’t be silent with.
“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.”― Kahlil Gibran
Don’t get me wrong. Let me clarify 2 points:
- I love being alone. It is not that I am incapable of being alone. But if I am with someone I need the interaction. I need the exchange of words and ideas. I need that give and take.
- If I really want to talk about something I will. But I am trying to make a distinction between talking to fill the space and talking because I think it has meaning/message/a point. I want to learn the difference between wanting to talk and needing to talk.
“This is the longest I have been silent with someone” – I think to myself as we sit in the living room. I have a book that I am trying to finish. He was replying to some emails from work. There was music playing and still I could hear the silence.
There is a subtle difference in talking to get to know each other and talking just not be in silence. This weekend I began to know the difference.
This past weekend silence reigned and I happily struggled!
“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”
― Khalil Gibran, The Prophet