October 02, 2006

Sacred Silence


Although I am enormously grateful that power has been fully restored in our abode and life is rapidly returning to normal, I must say I will look back on the blacked-out days gone by with drops of melancholy.

For, amidst the maddening humidity and exasperating ennui brought about by the stunningly sudden nationwide outage, there arose singular moments of pure joy that I will not easily forget.

With heavy-duty electronic appliances like the television and stereo shushed up, our home was rendered amazingly free of a thousand jarring, mindless noises. For once, our phones were not ringing off the hook and the doorbell refrained from stirring; everyone was too busy finding their own means of dealing with the crisis.

What mostly remained were the simple sounds of my husband and I playing / singing / dancing with our squealing / babbling / giggling toddler – a wondrous cornucopia of harmonious glee borne out of the superstorm’s aftermath of imposed silence.

In the awesome quiet, we chanced upon bits of precious time that magnificently stood still. We chose to seize the most we could, generously lavishing our undivided attention on each other and on our precious child. Our entire being’s focus naturally turned in on ourselves as a family, reveling in our togetherness and rejoicing in the treasure we had been given.

As cluttered reverberations vanished, we were left face to face with the essential, allowing us to ponder, assess and realize what truly mattered. At the end of the day – no matter how darkened it may be – it is the people you love and who love you in return that will carry you through to the light.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading your blog very much. Thanks for taking the time to keep it going.
Shane
Super Fitness

-Princess Shin- said...

Hey.. welcome back!!! =) hope i got a chance to visit Philippines someday.. without the storm.. see ya..

thethinker said...

Very, very well written.

(By the way, I added you to my blogroll. I meant to do it awhile and kept forgetting. Sorry about that.)

JR's Thumbprints said...

We should all take the time to escape modern day society's technological trappings, even when we have no choice. (Make the best of it.) Congrats on your much deserved blog award.

Peg said...

A day late and a dollar short here, but I wanted to extend congratulations to you on your honor of Bestest Blog of the Day!

I'm so glad you've made it through the storm, and have the power back.

This was a beautiful post!
~Peg

PARLANCHEQ said...

Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

Sorry to hear about the storm, but glad that power has been restored. It's fun to be without power sometimes, but not for days, especially if it means no AC (or no heat, if you're in a colder climate)!

phaedrus said...

preggers, i have a feeling you could weather any storm with grace and spirit! once again, i'm so glad i found your blog...

Matt-Man said...

Nice Post...Glad you made it through ok.

Christina_the_wench said...

I can relate to your power outtage. Summer of 2004 Michigan had the same thing happen for one day. It was weird but so quiet. Thank god for my love of candles. ;)

Glad you all are ok as well.

The Searcher said...

Hopefully, one day the light of love will light the world. Thanks for a great blog about love and I wish peace to you and your family.

Irene Tuazon said...

Shane - Thanks! Feel at home here! c",)

Princess - Miss Tourism awaits your visit with much anticipation! :p

The Thinker - Thanks for blogrolling me. Mwaaaah! c",)

Irene Tuazon said...

Pretty Peg - Better late than never! Thanks, dahling!

JR, Parlancheq & Christina - Thanks! Silence and darkness are usually bearable in small doses at a time. c",)

Phaedrus - Thanks, my dear bloggerfriend! I know you've weathered many huge storms yourself. :p

Matt - Thanks, man!!!

The Searcher - Thank you for the lovely message. Peace to you and your family as well! c",)

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you are able to have some high points during all the craziness!!

Silence can be so wonderful because it puts in perspective the things that truly matter! :)

Anonymous said...

I started reading your blogs the other day. Honestly? I can feel the truthfulness of what you're saying. I like your blogs, especially this one. The true meaning of life unveils.

Anonymous said...

Your post made me think of a great Alan Jackson song called "Remember When." It talks about remembering when the sound of little children was the music they danced to week to week. It's very special and so are those stolen moments. Man, they grow up too fast...

slaghammer said...

I could live with 24 hours of freedom from everything. Any more than that, there’s going to some electricity happening one way or the other.

Irene Tuazon said...

Michael C - I don't think I know that song but it sounds good. Send me the lyrics! c",)

Slaghammer - There was definitely some other kind of electricity that took place in our room during the blackouts. Maybe I'll talk about it in a next post: "Sacred Silence: Uncensored!" BWAHAHA! c",)

Anonymous said...

That is a great blog! So many of us are so busy with our lives in fast forward that we forget to stop and look around once in awhile and appreciate the people we love. Thank you for reminding me to do that!

Winged Acrophobic said...

Just discovered your journals. Touching stuff. Reminds me of the little things in life that I take for granted. Like love. And the ones we love. Thanks, Irene. May things get better for you and your countrymen. God bless.

terra shield said...

I think that this is a very beautifully written post... will be dropping by again soon :)

Thebodytalk said...

Hi Irene,

Just dropping by to say Hi. This is a pretty entry.

thethinker said...

You've been tagged!

Pamela said...

I have a plaque (around here somewhere) that says "Sometimes, God calms the storm And sometimes, He lets the storm rage And calms His child."

I thought about that and the calm in your home in spite of everything else.

Impressive and inspiring.

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Tim Rice said...

Thanks for sharing this; it's a lesson to take to one's heart.

jim said...

Thanks for the visit and comments at my blog Irene. You are beautiful and kind. And I agree with this post, our juice goes out now and then, and it is always a chance to feel a human reality that gets lost in the clamor of electricity and noise. Thanks for the sharing, keep up your Spirit, you are quite wonderful!

Evie Smith said...

I am going to be Wonder Woman for Halloween this year. I opted for a cute skirt version instead of a leotard.
Your blog is cool. You seem like the cool-mom type.

Irene said...

Winged Acrophobic - Thanks for the well wishes. I just know we're gonna be bloggerfriends! c",)

Terra Shield - Thanks for visiting. Feel at home here. =)

Pamela - That was very well-put. Thank you!

Tim - Thanks. It's up to us see the fortune in the misfortunes that befall us. c",)

Jim - Looks like we have a mutual admiration society! I am such a fan of your painting and poetry.

Evie - Woohoo! You go girl! Don't forget to share photos of your wonder costume. c",)

Oh and me...a cool mom? Maybe. A loony mom? Definitely! Mwahaha! :p