CHATTY CATHYS AND MORE........................................

"It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence."
Seneca



Have you ever known anyone who must constantly be talking.  You know the one's we lovingly call "chatty Cathys".  It seems as though they can't stand one moment of silence.

"Say nothing unless it improves upon the silence"
the Buddha (I think)

Which brings to mind a thought.....If we must always be talking or thinking of what we are going to want to say next...How can our mind's ever be at rest?  How can we ever be in the present?


When Brad and I travel across this beautiful country of ours....as we are doing now.....there are often long stretches of silence.

Sometimes I'll look at him and ask "What are you thinking?"  More often than not his reply is this "I'm not thinking.....I'm driving...when I drive.... I drive."

"I have often regretted my speech.......never my silence."
Pullilus Syrys

We both just may become "enlightened" yet!
LOL LOL LOL LOL

Hugs,

Jo

Comments

  1. Oh gosh, yes. As if it isn't bad enough to have four people sharing a cubicle at work, one has to be a Chatty Kathy. Grrrr!!!! As if the place isn't noisy enough.
    Mary

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  2. There is much to be said for silence. There are silences that are comfortable and then there are silences that need to be filled. As for Chatty Cathy -- I had that doll when I was a little girl and she drove my parents crazy (read, I drove them crazy by pulling that chain...) until the day my dog got hold of the chain and it broke. Chatty Cathy was silenced forevermore!!! xo

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  3. People who talk constantly wear me out. Silence is indeed golden!

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  4. I think some of my best ideas came to me while I was quiet. There is something to be said for "the sound of silence".

    xo,
    Danielle

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  5. ..unfortunatly yes, I know more than one and with the time I understood that people who talk and talk and talk believe only for theirself and when you need some help they will not be available...they are present only for theirself to put outside their mood and sadness.

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  6. I find the older I get, the more I like quiet! XO

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  7. i have to deal with a few chatty cathy's @ work
    too! i think i used to be a cc when i was much younger...with age i'm happier to be the quiet one :D less chance of sticking my foot in my mouth!!! good post today sweet friend...hope you're enjoying the ride across the country!
    BEAR HUGS
    ~victoria~

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  8. I think people who talk all the time and are never quiet don't want to be silent because then they would have to listen to their inner voice. Probably won't like what they hear!

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  9. An Australian friend here who moved back to Australia this summer was one of those types and her stories got bigger and grander the more she talked.

    When I go to school in the morning, I head straight to my office where I check my school emails, then personal ones, and then get to work while there are a few others who sit and chat for 30-45 minutes -- I can't do that.

    The older I get, the more I crave silence. Peace and quiet. When hubby and I are together, we don't always talk, especially in the car, or when we go out to eat. I see everyone else talking and talking and talking, and I wonder, is there something wrong with us? Sometimes it is nice to just BE!

    Have a beautiful day. Tammy

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  10. We travel a lot. Sometimes we accumulate hours of silence. There have been times during a long period of silence that Michael will ask me what I am thinking about. I will usually say that I am thinking about a recipe. Then I ask him what he is thinking about. He likes to say that he is wondering about what I will make for dinner. Then we laugh and return to silence.

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  11. The relief I feel when I arrive home in the evening and there is silence...well, what a relief! No phone, no one standing in from of my desk asking for something, no one calling my name as I walk through an office...nope, at home, just the sound of the refrigerator running and the ice maker dropping a tray of ice into the bucket every now and then. Nice!

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  12. Ah...silence can be golden. There is a line in a song by Pink that goes..."I don't want to be the girl that has to fill the silence".

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  13. Hi Jo,

    I love my moments of silence!
    Lots of hugs

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  14. Beautiful post! Moments of silence are precious and so important. I loved all the quotes you chose for this post.

    Have a lovely weekend,
    Serena

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  15. Wonderful post Jo..beautiful quotes and cute story! I love silence..and need it to feel balanced..and practice it often..it has brought alot of harmony into my life!It is powerful in so many ways!
    V~

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  16. I am reading the Ragged Edge of Silence by John Francis. It is very interesting and will give you pause to think and listen.

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  17. I love the sound of silence! The Chatty Cathy's need to yak all the time is something I've never understood. I'm a quiet person myself...most of the time!

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