"You have a grand gift of silence, Watson," said he (Sherlock Holmes). "It makes you quite invaluable as a companion." -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Man with the Twisted Lip"
Is the gift of silence out of stock?
There doesn't seem to be enough silence in the world. Certainly, I don't find myself often enough having enough silence to share with a companion.
When I do get to share silence with someone, that's how it feels -- I get to do it, not I must do it.
There are times, as in the Conan Doyle story from which I've borrowed the phrase, when one person's gift of silence makes him a listener while another thinks aloud, as Doyle set up the scene for Dr. Watson and Holmes.
Yet how delicious it is to share silence -- not because there are things you can't say, but because you don't need to say anything.
The next time you don't have something to say to someone, but don't want to leave, take that as a signal.
Give the gift of silence.
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