It’s been nice to have a quiet day. The only sounds I’ve heard is my Siamese cat snoring next to me (yes, he snores) and a few of my favorite songs. You see, when I read an article this morning I learned that I might need to keep just a little more quiet. I was reading Dr. Gary Chapman, one of my favorite authors, and he was writing about an interesting phenomenon, of which I am most certainly victim:
The Dead Sea vs. The Babbling Brook.
With a daily blog, and if you meet me in person, I am most certainly the Babbling Brook. I could talk on, and on, and on, and…on. If I had to win a talking contest, I would win it. I’m a master of topic elaboration, transition, creation, you name it—if you give me oranges for a conversation, I will beat it to a pulp.
Now the Dead Sea is the opposite.
They have nothing to say. They could, but they feel no such need. They could sit happily for hours on end, without uttering a word.
Here’s the dilemma though that Chapman writes about. The Babbling Brook and the Dead Sea often become lovers. The Dead Sea is happy at first because the Babbling Brook keeps the conversation alive, they make it exciting and upbeat. The Babbling Brook swoons with the Dead Sea’s silence—wow, what a good listener. But before long, the two can become displeased. The Dead Sea wishes the Babbling Brook would just shut up and the Babbling Brook feels like they don’t even know their Dead Sea. I would know because I often find myself in this situation.
So in order to find a little more happiness not only in my relationships with people, but also for my personal well-being, I’m going to give my vocal chords a rest. If you find yourself constantly calling, texting, even talking to yourself (guilty—and I actually make up songs to myself so that’s a little different), then maybe it’s time to take a little break. I’m not encouraging you to stop—by all means I love a good talker—but let your thoughts have a chance to talk too.
And for you Dead Seas…speak up!
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook