Discovering Truth in the Silence

I read the following from my friend Melissa last week:

“I’m learning, little by little, to let go of the idea that I have to get everything done. I’m learning—slowly, but surely—to let go of that anxious feeling I get in the silent moments when I’m not typing away on my computer or out networking with a group of people. And I’m doing my best to remember what I know at my core to be true: that the silent moments and unexpected events are what I’ll remember when my time on this awesome planet is over.” 

The biggest challenge for me as an entrepreneur has simply been learning how to best manage the ebb and flow that comes with running your own business. At times things flow through at an insane pace and I feel like I can’t possibly keep up, much less get ahead. And when things slow down just a bit, I feel the pressure to put my foot down firmly on the gas to make sure things pick back up and there’s no loss in momentum.

But like Melissa, I’m learning little by little that if I let myself, I’ll constantly be stuck worrying about tomorrow. The next client. The next paycheck. The next idea. I’m learning, slowly but surely, that living for tomorrow will ultimately ruin today. I’m learning to give myself a break. I’m learning to allow some room for flexibility. I’m learning to breathe.

And maybe above all, I’m learning that maybe more important than being busy is embracing and finding solace in the calm, being present in the moment, and discovering truth in the silence.


Work smarter and live better. SUBSCRIBE TO THE HUSTLE.
When you sign up for THE HUSTLE, you'll get regular wisdom, insight, and resources delivered directly to your inbox (not to mention, plenty of 90's pup culture references). What more could you want?
4 Responses
  • Anne Reply

    Old wisdom … as Jesus said 2000 years ago: “Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself. You have enough to worry about today.” (Matthew 6, 34)

  • Lisa Endersby (@lmendersby) Reply

    Great post Matt. Thanks for getting me thinking again. I’m a certified and professional worrier – anxiety is a constant companion with whom I’ve forged a complex relationship. That being said, some of the best advice I got was “Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles – It empties today of its strength.”

    http://pinterest.com/pin/91268329920886360/

  • Chris Akins Reply

    Matt – awesome insights. I often tell my clients that depression grows from obsessing over past trauma, and anxiety grows from worry over potential future trauma.

    Best to live in the moment as much as possible.

Leave a Reply