#AtoZChallenge — Quiet

This post is part of the April A to Z Blogging Challenge, where I am challenging myself to reflect on other A to Z posts that I come across.


— Read on viewsofpreethib.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/19th-april18-a-to-z-challenge-letter-q/

I am not very good at quiet. When I’m writing, cooking, cleaning the house, doing just about anything, I need something on in the background in order to concentrate. Sometimes it’s music, but more often it’s tv shows like Friends, That 70’s Show, Great British Baking Championship, etc. When I’m in the car I have audiobooks playing, and when I’m out for a walk I put my earbuds in and listen to audiobooks or call my Grandma to chat.

At night, unless I’m really tired, I have a hard time falling asleep because when it’s quiet, my thoughts are very loud.

But one kind of quiet I’m good at is sharing companionable silence with my partner. We’re together pretty much all the time, which, between my current unemployment and my partner’s part time job, really is most of our waking hours. It’s been that way since… we’ll, since a month or two after we met, really, minus the time he spent studying in London. The way we avoid driving each other bonkers is by allowing ourselves to still do our own things a lot of the time, just in each other’s company.

Which is why I also like this Quiet haiku by S. M. Saves.

There are many kinds of quiet, and all of them are important. I do need to get better at the “quiet in nature” and “quiet in my own mind” kinds, but I’ve known that for as long as I’ve been trying to get back into meditating regularly.

What kinds of quiet are you good at?


9 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge — Quiet

  1. It’s interesting that your post is about quiet time today, as that is the topic of my own. I can totally relate to having a busy mind, and most of the time my brain switches off background noise – whatever it doesn’t want to process really – if I’m getting too much input. That said, when I’m not writing, I do often struggle with the quiet. If I’m cleaning the house (which is not my favourite job!) then I’ll play music or an audio book. The same if I’m driving or walking a long distance. It’s not that I mind the quiet, it’s that I like to have something to focus on or I’d get too lost in the worlds I build in my head! 🙂

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    1. It’s definitely a result of having an overactive imagination. If I don’t have something on, I hear everything the cats do and wonder if they’re finally going to knock the mantle off the fireplace or something. I can’t write in libraries either, it’s just too quiet. Like, suspiciously quiet. Like someone’s being very quiet in order to observe what you’ll do next.

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  2. I can do the companionable quiet and quiet when calm. When my thoughts get too loud, I have to drown them out with music. Otherwise I start talking to myself, and it gets weird when someone catches me moving my mouth but no words are coming out.

    Thank you for choosing my haiku to be a part of your reflection!

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