A Noisy Life

December 4th, 2014

 Book of Silence

Am I the only one who has dreamed of retreating to a little cottage on the moors or deep in the woods to live Yeats’ Innisfree life where “peace comes dropping slow”? ¬†Sara Maitland did and then wrote A Book of Silence about her experiment. It’s a book that seems appropriate for me to read in a season in which there is so much noise (parties, shopping, family gatherings) and a competing siren call to contemplation. Even though I’m an introvert, I lead a noisy life. I never take a walk without the company of an audio book. When I’m home, music fills in the blank spots. When I want to write, I’m happiest in a coffee house surrounded by white noise. None of that is inherently bad, but I suspect my fantasy of escaping to an isolated cottage in Scotland (with all mod cons, of course), is telling me I need a daily dose of silence. Silence that comes from within, not necessarily imposed from without. But the moody, picturesque cottage? I wouldn’t turn it down.

One Response to “A Noisy Life”

  1. Veronica says:

    I wrap my words in silence, my heart in music.

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