1.I 1. Is it true?
2.I 2. Is it kind?
3.I 3. Is it necessary?”
-At the Root of this Longing, Reconciling a Spiritual Hunger and a Feminist Thirst
I have always suspected that hushing myself would lead to more peace and joy in my life. When I consider unburdening myself from the compulsion to constantly express my opinions, it feels like offering myself a peaceful bench upon which to sit and relax. So today, I am going to hush. I am going to concentrate on listening, and try to say only those things that are true, kind, and necessary.
I chose to begin this experiment today because I am ill, and unlikely to get out of bed. I have found that getting out of bed increases exponentially the likelihood that one will encounter people in need of a helpful tongue lashing. I always like to set myself up for success, so today’s the day. I’ll report the results of my experiment soon.
While we’re on the topic of speechlessness, I’d like to share the most beautiful picture I’ve ever seen. Spend a moment with it if you can. I won’t pretend that there are any words to add to its perfection.
Happy Birthday, Marines!