Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Quiet, please!

I have recently had some trouble with my voice and one of the things I was instructed to do by the doctor was to limit my speaking and singing to only absolutely necessary things for the next three months. This has created quite an interesting situation for me. First of all, telling me not to walk around singing, is like telling a fish not to swim. That, in and of itself, has been a challenge, for singing is so much a part of who I am. However, what has really intrigued me most is the reaction that my lack of vocalization has had on me, as well as those around me.

It has caused me to re-think some things and here is what I have discovered.

  • You can say just as much with a few words if you choose them carefully.

  • The volume and timbre of your voice can have a tremendous effect on your attitude and behavior as well as everyone else around you.

  • Actions speak louder than words.

  • You find out more when you listen more.

  • Communication and talking are not necessarily the same thing.

  • THANK GOD for written language! :-)

I hope this gives you some food for thought. I look forward to hearing your reflections on this, and I'll talk with you again soon!


Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

Aimee, I am so sad your voice needs a rest, because I know how hard it is for you not to sing! But wow, what lessons you are learning! I completely agree about the written language thing...Praise the Lord! (But I must say that written language in Chinese is extremly difficult and we would be back to not communicating again if we had to go there!)

Sally-Ann said...

Reading your comments bought a conversation I had with my oldest son to mind. Joshua came home from college for summer break in 2006. The last time he had seen Samuel at that time was when Sam was still in the sleeping, eating, pooping stage of his life. Next time they met Samuel was crawling, etc.. Joshua made the comment, "Our house isn't a quiet house anymore!"
I hope your voice has the rest it needs, but I also hope that you don't have a quiet house for long!