When you look back on your life, would you say that the most important moments were loud, dramatic or did they occur in the quiet times, in the back corners of your mind or in the subtle shifts of heart?
I would have to say that on the balance, for me, the most significant times were probably the easiest to overlook. More often than not they began with little observations, decisions or actions that gained momentum over time.
“NOBREZA SILENCIOSA. SILENT NOBILITY. It is a mistake to believe that the crucial moments of a life when its habitual direction changes forever must be loud and shrill dramatics, washed away by fierce internal surges. This is a kitschy fairy tale started by boozing journalists, flashbulb-seeking filmmakers and authors whose minds look like tabloids. In truth, the dramatics of a life-determining experience are often unbelievably soft. It has so little akin to the bang, the flash, of the volcanic eruption that, at the moment it is made, the experience is often not even noticed. When it deploys its revolutionary effect and plunges a life into a brand-new light giving it a brand-new melody, it does that silently and in this wonderful silence resides its special nobility.” – Pascal Mercier