I read this paragraph in Kierkegaard’s amazing essay “The Present Age.” It fits so perfectly as a meditation or a note to oneself:
“Only someone who knows how to remain essentially silent can really talk, and act essentially. Silence is the essence of inwardness, of the inner life. Mere gossip anticipates real talk and to express what is still in thought weakens action by forestalling it. But someone who can really talk because he knows how to remain silent, will not talk about a variety of things but about one thing only.”
I feel like it expresses everything I tried [and mostly failed] to say here and so many other times.
There is something immediately humbling and settling about seeing someone translate and elaborate what you would never have been able to do, like a sigh of relief.
As the Chinese proverb goes:
“Talk does not cook rice.”