“The problem is no longer getting people to express themselves, but providing little gaps of solitude and silence in which they might eventually find something to say…. What a relief to have nothing to say, the right to say nothing, because only then is there a chance of framing…the thing that might be worth saying.”
— Gilles Deleuze
Tim Ferriss shared this quote in one of his previous newsletters and I became attached to it instantly. I have been constantly reviewing it for the past two months now and I was inclined to share. Dissecting it into its individual parts to better understand the author’s vision has helped me grasp the opportunities within it. And each day it has become more clear. This idea of “solitude and silence.” This opportunity to reflect, to think, and to simply be mindful.
Imagine a place where all of us just took a few more minutes each day to do just that. Being in “silent thought” is a beautiful thing and it’s something we should all do a lot more often.
Take this opportunity today to reflect on the past 50-weeks of “opportunities” that you have had in 2019. You have two to go, and a little bit of silence may be your secret to seizing a few more opportunities before the new year arrives.