“whenever things were going well for me, there was silence.” – from the cover of Humans of New York Stories
i have so many questions for the speaker. what do you mean by “well”? what kind of silence? how’d you realize silence was the common thread?
i searched the book for the interview but couldn’t find it. this is just as well, because although i’m curious and want more information, i also love retaining the mystery. it’s like that hesitation i always felt as a kid about meeting my teachers’ spouses. (it wasn’t just me, right?)
simply rolling the concept around in my mind is a treat. is it true? i kept asking myself. unless your definition of “well” is “trading on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange,” it might be.
of course we aren’t dealing with literal silence. the speaker probably wasn’t referring to his time as a contestant on The Price is Right, where, just before they announced he’d won that day’s Showcase Showdown, the entire live studio audience shut up.
silence in this case means inner stillness. getting still is a form of trust and faith.
some people never open up to the clarity that comes from silence. they’re always staring at a screen or talking. i worry about people like that. i mean, i mostly avoid them, but i’m also concerned. when do they pause?
this week’s posts examine space and silence as conduits of information and creativity.
i challenge you to reflect on times when things were going well—whatever that means for you—and evaluate the conditions.