Robert Caro, one of the best known biographers, is a voracious note-taker. When interviewing people for his books, in his notes, you will often see the letters SU. They stand for shut up. This is a directive from Caro, to Caro. Through years of experience, he learned that some of the best details come in the silence. He trained himself to listen to the silences. The power between the words, around the words. This is where he gets inside his subjects. This is why his books are so powerful.
This morning I opened the door to take my daily walk in our garden. In this time, I often find my inspiration for my daily blogs. This morning, hit by the pinks and greens and yellows, I knew in an instant, the words I wanted to write were already hanging in the trees, and lit by the sun. This was my time to just listen.
I walked in silence, and was filled with the story around me. All I had to do was pay attention. What a powerful gift, this colorful silence… whispered directly into my heart. Breathe, my friends. And listen.