I believe that the hardest lesson I’ve learned on my Kindness Journey is that Silence is still Golden.
I was taught to speak my mind as a child, and that sense of self-confidence carried through into adulthood. I never hesitated to let people know my opinion if something interested me.
I never stopped to think about how these actions were hurting me. I wasn’t making friends, I was making enemies, or at least people who didn’t want anything to do with me.
I built myself a nice echo chamber, one where the only voice I heard was my own. After I was incredibly lucky enough to meet Hal and not immediately drive him away, I continued to keep other people at a distance through my constant desire to make my opinion heard.
I can sit and meditate and reflect in silence now without worrying about others hearing my opinion. Silence is Golden, and Silence starts with me.