Hari Shanker R

Hari Shanker R

A Happiness Engineer at Automattic.

Silence is Golden!

Silence –ย It’s one of the world’s best virtues.

Being silent is an art in itself, and I happen to be a master of that art. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m basically a silent person. I’ve never mastered the art of being loquacious. ย I just can’t go on to talk for hours on end. Whenever I talk, I convey my points as briefly as possible and end with a majestic full-stop. That doesn’t mean that I’m proud of being silent. I would ideally love to talk for hours on end. In fact, there was a point in ย time, when I used to talk more than what I do now. But then, something happened… something snapped within me, and I lost the ability to talk.

It happened one fine morning. One day, I wake up and I realize that I’ve lost the ability to talk! It’s not like, I went mute or anything. I could technically talk. Voice would come out of my mouth, I could utter syllables, alright. But my communication was just essential. I suddenly became brief in my conversations. My conversations were short (and not necessarily sweet). ย That was when I noticed that silence was a part and parcel of me. I’m inherently a listener. NOT a talker. I could listen to people talk for hours on end, but if you ask me to talk for a couple of hours, I’d go mute. I just can’t do it!

I’m not exactly proud of being silent. In fact, I detest it. I envy everyone who talks a lot. Which means, I envy most girls. ๐Ÿ™‚ They just manage to dig out topics out of the blue and go on to talk, talk and talk. Whew. I would LOVE to do the same. Sigh!

Next comes the issue of what to talk. That’s where I’m stumped again. I’m not exactly full-of-beans. If you thought I was a walking-talking Encyclopedia Britannica, you couldn’t be more wrong! ๐Ÿ˜ They say, “Known’s a drop. Unknown’s an ocean”. For me, ‘unknown’ makes up Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean combined. ๐Ÿ˜ I often feel a bit deprived because of my lack of knowledge. Can’t say that I’m not doing anything about it. I’m reading my way to glory. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hoping that content will solve my quagmire of not being able to speak up when I want to.

Despite not being able to talk volumes about what I like, a part of me loves being silent. ๐Ÿ™‚ I prefer listening to people talk, rather than the act of talking. Listening is good. Everyone talks, few listen. I’m quite a good listener; I listen to friends’ problems for a living. ๐Ÿ˜‰ When you listen to people, it makes them feel happy. They feel important, because there’s someone to listen to what they ย have to say. In fact, there’s a friend of mine who’s exactly the same.

I guess I’ll find it a tad too hard to break my mould of being silent. But in a way, it’s made me a good listener.

Let’s see where silent listening takes me to… ๐Ÿ™‚

1 Comment

  1. Srikanth Kalisetty

    Dude You are just sounding me!! People often ask why do you keep mum all the time?? After reading this I feel like I am not alone after all hahaha!! I can write volumes but can't just talk and I don't know why. Wish I knew!! Anyways happy writing if not talking, All the best ๐Ÿ™‚

    Regards,

    Srikanth Kalisetty.

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