A thought on Quiet isn’t always Peace

“We learnt that Quiet isn’t always Peace”.

If I am quiet, it may be that I am exhausted.
If I am quiet, it may be that I have too much to say. But, I don’t have the energy to say it.
If I am quiet, it may be I have nothing to say.
If I am quiet, it may be I have too much to say. But, I know it will fall on deaf ears. Or, it will not be understood. Or it might cause a negative reaction even though the intention is good.

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If I stay quiet, it might be that I am exhausted from a hard day’s work.
If I am quiet, it might be I am tired from doing nothing all day long.
If I am quiet, it might be drained from the continual chatter of my mind and thoughts, that are driving me mad with worry and fear.
Suppose, I sit in peaceful meditation. Quiet and silent on the face of it. But, inside a turmoil of the days, pain is unfolding.


True peace, true quiet is known when I learn to let go, forget and apply a full stop immediately to any wasteful or painful thought.

To apply a brake of peace and quiet daily, several times a day, will create a strong automatic habit.

This will ensure that “quiet” always means “peace” and contentment, with a sprinkle of wisdom and maturity.

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Note: I wanted to write this post for a few years now and I somehow never got round to it. But when Amanda Gorman recited her poem The Hill We Climb on Wednesday 20th Jan 2021 at Joe Biden’s inauguration. I was reminded instantly when she said “We learnt that Quiet isn’t always Peace”. It is such a powerful line and there is more depth to it than I share in my poem (she may have meant the quiet before the storm, it could be a reference to Jan 6 2021, there are lots of meanings to this line).

Do comment below what it means to you.

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11 replies

  1. Yes to be quiet is not what we really think. I have tried to be quiet many a times but our thoughts will take us on a merry go around and then instead would love to talk to people and get rid of quietness. But as you have so truly said, Bella, to be quiet is when we are at peace within and be silent and learn to take things in our step with positive attitude.

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