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Virtues of Silence
Dr. Shehzad Saleem
Silence is often construed as a weakness. It certainly is when the time is to speak out. However, at many other times, silence is a great teacher and a very useful companion. There is a famous Persian saying that says: “Silence has a meaning that even words cannot express.” Wonders can be worked if a conscious effort is made to take advantage of this great tool.

Here are some compelling virtues of silence:

1. It gives us a lot of time to reflect and deliberate on various issues. In fact, at times this deliberation may take us to the crux of some problem faced.

2. It teaches us to listen to other people very intently. If we are able to grasp the true purport of a conversation, we will be able to give a very correct response and input.

3. It is also a good way to show our protest and distaste at something that is bad and that we would not like to be a part of.

4. It teaches us that to speak when we are sure that what we are saying is correct and will have an impact.

5. It offers us the best opportunity to evaluate ourselves and critically analyze our shortcomings.

6. It also gives us the time to thank God for His tremendous favours.

7. Those who speak less are often heard more because what they utter is very well thought of.

8. Silence makes us internally strong if we use it to analyze our set of potentials and abilities.

9. At times, it changes the rudeness of others into realization of his / her folly. This is because a lack of reaction to a behaviour will make that person rethink.

10. Silence produces the traits of composure and integrity in a person, as a result of which he is able to influence those around him.

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