My Silence Is Golden

// July 30th, 2007 // Blog

My hiatus from regular blogging requires that i refrain from entering into comment section discourse on other blogs. I sometimes make exception with Ijtema, but otherwise i've been pretty good, overall, māshā’Allāh.

At first, this used to frustrate me quite a bit, especially where the topic was particularly 'juicy', or i felt a point of view had been completely missed. However, 99% of the time, i chose to bite my tongue, and simply observe.

Now, after a few weeks, i have begun to appreciate the benefits of my silence. It has forced me to listen to other people's opinions, and consider them, before formulating my own. It has also been somewhat humbling to see how insignificant my previous contributions had been; my old blog haunts are still active, and any small gap that i may have left, has been filled by new and far more interesting people.

By the way, this is not me feeling sorry for myself – i'm simply observing that which has always been true.

It is arrogant to think that you will be missed. I don't think i thought that would be the case, consciously, but subconsciously, i may have hoped for it. But i'm glad that i am not – well, how can anyone miss me, when i'm still here? That reminds me of a song title: How can i miss you, when you won't go away? Classic.

I think more of us should force ourselves to be silent observers, from time to time. Islamically-speaking we should only speak good, or else stay quiet, anyway. I have always felt the proverb, “empty vessels make the most sound”, was particularly applicable to me, and now that i have taken the back-seat, blogging-wise, i definitely feel more “full”.

Full of what, though – i'm not sure!

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