Weekly Writing Challenge – The Sound of Silence – 17 FEB 2014

There are multiple ways of interacting with silence: purposefully leaving something unsaid, breaking the silence around a topic, or, quite simply, getting tongue-tied. For this week’s challenge, we want you to take the theme of silence and explore it in your own way.

At a loss for words? Here’s a few ideas to get you going this week:

  • Breaking the silence: is there a post you’ve been chewing on in your mind for a while, but have been nervous to publish? Break your own silence by getting it out there.
  • Is there something you left unsaid, but regret? Tell us about a time when you didn’t say what was on your mind, but wish you had.
  • Write a story, but leave out someone’s voice. What changes? What type of storyline can you tell with silence acting as a character? (Hey, even Jay and Silent Bob are a pretty good example of this.)
  • Take the challenge to real life: how long can you actually stay silent? An hour, a whole day? If you’re able to take on a day of silence, or have in the past, tell us about what the experience has been like.

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My dad and I had a really hard time with communication. So much so that at times silence was more abundant than words of admiration or acceptance. I used to blame my dad for a lot of things, including not making me feel as if what I did was ever enough. It took me years to understand that while he did not voice it, he probably did feel proud of what I accomplished.

There is nothing like perspective to widen your view. Fourteen years of silence since my dad died also makes for a great opportunity to understand what he did not say and what it likely meant. Don’t get me wrong, my dad was a good, honest and moral man. He taught me how to live in this world and become a respectable, hard working part and for that I will be forever grateful.

Add to that my position as the father of two children and it gives you another flavor of perspective. The difference is that I am not silent about telling my children I love them am proud of them and that I believe in them. They have heard me cheering for them at ball games, dance recitals and marching band competitions. I have rarely missed any event they have at their school and hope all that translates into feelings of support from me and my wife.

Silence can be an effective tool and as my son transitions to an adult I am learning when to hold my tongue and allow him to make his own choices. Will he always avoid mistakes? No. He will fail, like we all have. But I want him to know my silence is not surrendering my role, but rather allowing him to explore his new freedoms.

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About Joe Owens

Can you tell from my writing I love God? I hope so because that is what I want you to know most about me. I am also a writer who loves taking on fiction prompts and crafting a story. One day you will read my work in print. Until then enjoy it here! For free!
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4 Responses to Weekly Writing Challenge – The Sound of Silence – 17 FEB 2014

  1. scentofrina says:

    Great story! Thanks for the pingback! Hope to have more great challeneges to write about!
    Hugs!

  2. ranu802 says:

    It’s wonderful how you explained silence. I am sure your kids will understand.

  3. cjjustice1 says:

    I agree that it is important to express one’s love to our loved ones.
    When my dad died two years ago, I was so thankful that we regularly
    had expressed our love to each other. I look forward to seeing him
    again someday! 🙂 Meanwhile, I make sure to continue sharing the
    languages of love to my mom, hubby, kids & grandkids, friends, …. etc.
    And to God, even though He already knows it! 🙂
    Good post!

  4. znjavid says:

    “But I want him to know my silence is not surrendering my role, but rather allowing him to explore his new freedoms.” Very well said!

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