You’re meeting someone for the first time. You engage in light conversation. And then there’s a lull in conversation. The deafening sound of silence.

Yes, that type of silence is uncomfortable. But other times, I love silence. In fact, I treasure it.

Of course, there’s always some noise in the background – it’s hard for me to find a completely silent place – but the background noise does not stop me from enjoying my moment of silence.

Why do I like silence?

Silence is a time for me to reflect and to re-energize. It’s as if I’m pressing a pause button. A pause on all the noise around me. A pause on too many things crowding my thoughts.

Silence can even be a powerful tool when engaging in difficult conversations – whether work-related or personal.

With my hectic schedule, I can only steal moments of silence.

…when I wake-up, I enjoy a few moments of silence before turning on the news.

…when driving my car, I turn off the radio.

…when going for a walk, I do it without wearing a headset.

Do you feel uncomfortable with silence? Or do you appreciate it as a way to reflect and to re-energize?

Give it a try. Steal a moment of silence to break up your hectic day. It may be awkward at first. Eventually, you’ll use it to reflect and to re-energize.


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Niv PersaudNiv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter and financial advisor. Her services include spending plan, financial plan, divorce financial review, life strategy and professional progression. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me’.”