When Silence Speaks

The inspiration for today’s post came from a longing for some peace and quiet. I desperately needed a respite from the constant barrage of noise pollution! Office phones ringing off the wall and cell phone ringtones that sound like slot machines paying off at Harrah’s Casino, are the everyday backdrop to my day job on the trading floor.

We literally have to yell across the room to get any Trader’s attention to bid/offer and confirm trades. There is a television hanging in every corner of the room, tuned to CNN. We have to stay abreast of the latest news and market conditions around the world, so we get that added “white noise” as background vocals.

On this particular day, I know I had read the same paragraph from a top news story, at least three times and I still couldn’t tell you what I had read! My minds antennae were picking up signals all around me and landed on this conversation:(names have been changed to protect the innocent.)

“Scotty, why do you have to be so snarky?” Morgan retorted, after one of his sarcastic responses to her request for yet another bid.

Scotty pipes up, “Snarky…is that even a word?” “What does it mean anyway?” (This coming from the trader who knows everything about everything…except how to use the proper tense of a verb and the meaning of the word “snarky”!)

Morgan proceeds to stand up and read the definition out loud.

Snarky:  (Of a person, word or mood, sharply critical, sarcastic, cutting, snide.)”

The entire trading floor erupted in laughter! It was yet another classic moment that would be recalled for years to come! The new word of the day on the trading floor is now…”snarky”!

But honestly, some days you really can’t hear yourself think! The distractions can be extremely annoying and they often leave me anxious for some peace and quiet. Calgon take me away!

My husband, Lee, and I both have stressful jobs and we enjoy our down-time at our Pickwick Lake-house. However, we both decompress much differently! I was looking forward to a weekend of peace and calm and a chance to do some writing. (Being near the water always speaks to my creative spirit!)

However, as soon as we got to the house on Friday night, my darling husband, had another agenda. He turned on the stereo full blast to the local Q102 radio station’s  “Funk-A-Delic Friday”… showcasing Funk Music Artist’s from the 1970’s!

Normally I like it, after all it is the music we grew up on and it was the beginning of the weekend! But on this particular night, I can’t describe how annoying it was for me! My mind and my heart were racing…to the beat of “Super Freak” by Rick James! Instead of dancing and joining the party atmosphere, I desperately wanted to TURN IT OFF! Have I finally turned into a parent?

I longed to enjoy the peace and quiet; especially knowing that Saturday would be filled with more noise pollution, littering the airwaves from power-boat motors and thunderous, stereo systems… not to mention the local band that was scheduled to play later Saturday night at the Bar & Grill near our house!

I took a few deep breaths, sighed, and decided to just grin and bear it! When the day was done and we finally turned out the lights… no sooner than his head hit the pillow, Lee began to SNORE!
“Dear God in Heaven, Please Help Me!” I prayed, as I ran for cover (and a pillow) toward the peace and quiet of the guest bedroom down the hall.

I managed to enjoy the weekend despite my longing for quiet time. Lee and I discussed it later and  decided we needed to give each other a heads-up, as to our weekend expectations and we agreed to work together to make it happen going forward.

Have you ever felt this way? Sometimes you just want the world to stop so you can get off! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

The poem below was born from all that noise pollution! Even though it was loud… it was inspiring!

I long for silence
To get her turn to speak
For the world to shut up
Mindless chatter to cease

I long to hear
What silence thinks
If we would just be quiet and

Would her voice
Sound like a trickling brook
Or the soft rustling
Of the leaves in the wind

Would she sign with her hands
Or…break her own silence
So we might recognize her voice
Now and again

If the world
Would just stop
If all noise would cease
We might get to hear the sound of silence…speak

There is a wealth of serenity
In what she can convey
If we listen closely
We might hear her say

“Anxious thoughts will disappear…when you take time to breath”

From frantic
Frenzied lifestyles
She offers you

Sit quietly beside still waters
Let nothing come to mind
Experience the inner calm she brings
Leave this fallen world behind

The sound of silence can be…deafening
And you can bet she will be proving
But you will never, ever hear her
If your lips are always moving

Peace “Full”

An inner calm from restful sleep
Eyes are closed
As nature speaks

A quieted lake
Wind rustles the leaves
Thoughts are stilled and breath is deep

Sitting quietly in a chair
Overlooking the lake
I am made aware

Of the Peace that God intends for us
If inside our hearts
In Him we trust

We can claim His Peace
No matter the hour
In sickness, even death… He’s given us His Power

To be resurrected from the grave
When we live in Jesus
When we Trust His name

As I sit quietly
On this Easter morn
Contemplating why we were born

I know I am “Full” with His Peace
Because He took my place
At Calvary

Yes, He gave His Life
So I could live mine
Praising His name ALL THE TIME!

I can’t imagine living throughout eternity
Without this Peace
He’s given me

You too can claim it
For your very own
Experience His Peace given from The Throne

Yes, for all God’s people here on earth
That is why
We were given birth

To firmly believe
In the work that was done
By God The Father and The Son

To live for Christ each and every day
And to help lost souls
Find their way

How You Say It

Today’s post was inspired by a recent sermon message by the Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, TX, Joel Osteen, entitled,
How Your Words Can Become Your Reality“.

Scripture References:
Ezekiel 17:1-14 (NIV)
James 3:4-6
Psalm 2:7
Proverbs 6:2

Your life will move in the direction of your words
You will eat the seed of your fruit
But if you sow seeds of positivity
You’ll reap a harvest of good to boot

Negative words can keep you from your destiny
And so the tongue set the course of your life
But faith allows God to do the impossible
Speak faith and victory takes flight

Always choose the voice of faith
Never give life to defeat
Ezekiel prophesied against dry bones
And death could no longer sleep

Say “I am strong”, “I am blessed”,
“I am healthy and confident”
Proclaim the Lord’s decrees
And let your faith take dominance

And don’t be ensnared by the words of your mouth
Thoughts die stillborn until you say it
When you speak it out loud…you give it life
Your days to follow will listen…and convey it

So, stop cursing your life and start blessing your life
Don’t speak defeat or your life will obey it
You can bless your life or curse your life
It all depends on how you say it!

The Haunting

Oh, how my past still haunts me
The shameful things I’ve done
Actions and words I’ve spoken
That didn’t bless anyone

Actions that found me guilty
A Scarlet Letter on my chest
The haunting shame inside me
I can’t seem to put to rest

I’ve asked my God forgiveness
His Word tells me it’s so
But Satan taunts my thoughts and mind
Keeping me from fully letting go

And holding on makes me even more guilty
Believing Satan’s lies instead of God’s truth
God sent Jesus to atone for my sin
His death on The Cross is my proof

Please forgive Your Servant, Lord, when I attempt to take back
Sin You’ve already taken from me
Those thoughts and actions, only denounce
The precious blood already shed for me

Let the thoughts in my mind, speak from Mercy You’ve shown
Let Your salvation prove to me
My past died with You, when You saved the world
On that dark day, at Calvary

So, when the evil one taunts my thoughts and my mind
Trying to haunt me with his lies and deceit
Let Only Grace, and Mercy, Your Unfailing Love
Be The Haunting evoked in me