I started reading Will, the new memoir from Will Smith last night. Only a chapter in, but enjoying it and gaining wisdom and insight already.
Though this is a complete aside from the point of the opening chapter, I loved his description of his mother, in sharp contrast, he writes, to his father:
Mom-Mom is quiet and reserved; not because she's shy or intimidated, but because she “only speaks when it improves on silence.” She loves words and always chooses them carefully-she speaks with an academic sophistication.
I couldn’t help but chuckle at that “only speaks when it improves on silence” line!
I was walking to school with my nine year-old daughter this morning and we were both silent as we made the one mile journey.
After a while, Imogen said, “Say something, Daddy. I don’t like it when it’s quiet.”
Naturally, I read her this quote from Will Smith.
It’s fair to say it may have gone a little over her head. But it was a good opportunity to talk about how, much as she (and her mother!) might not agree, silence does not always have to be filled.
I realise that Twitter is not an audible platform. But imagine if everyone applied that ‘improving on silence’ criteria to their tweeting. Oh the bliss!