The Aware Author – Silence

This morning, it was quiet.

Even though I live in a large town. And right on a four-lane street.

But it was early morning on a public holiday.

I could hear the birds sing in the yard, and tell which kind was singing. The wing snap of a courting dove was really loud. I could hear the slow rumble of a ship’s diesel in harbour. I could hear the occasional car, and once, the sirens of an ambulance.

And most of all I could hear… silence.

Silence is funny. Because it exists below and beyond and within any sound. It’s so fundamental, it’s everywhere, even in screaming and noise.

But you have to look for it. Open yourself to it.

That’s easy on a quiet, beautiful morning. I love it when it is easy.

Because I love silence.

About Hannah Steenbock

Hannah Steenbock is an author, dreamer, and coach. She has published several short stories in English and German, as well as one novel in German. In 2013 she started self-publishing her work. In 2014, she has won two awards for her short story "Sequoia".
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