When we are faced with silence, we have the opportunity to face our internal dialog, our thoughts. And this is important. Incredibly important. As a parent, I need to find silent times in order to process all my conflicting thoughts and desires. If I hide them with noise and human interaction, I only put off what I really need to do to become a better parent, friend, partner, child.
In silence, I face myself. I can be honest. I can explore my feelings, verbalize them, and work through them. I can allow myself to feel sad and lonely or whatever else I’m feeling. I am not always able to solve problems, but I can make choices for how to proceed myself.