DANGER! SILENCE MAY PROVOKE THINKING, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

I’m not kidding!

When was the last time you drove in your car without the radio, Sirius or a book on CD?  It can be dangerous driving without background noise, because it forces one to actually listen to the voice in his own head.

Is the voice saying you’re angry or unhappy or in love? When it finally registers what it’s saying, that’s when the fun or the trouble starts. Understanding your feelings is the beginning of potentially making decisions that can change your life. Improve your marriage? Start a new business? Have that long avoided heart-to-heart with a friend?

All is possible, and change, when understood and carefully examined, can be a wonderful experience — or not. Let the silence in. It will be filled with the words that come from a place you may have been avoiding.

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Recently, I kept forgetting a neighbor’s first name. I’ll call him Jack. Jack was someone I’d seen dozens of times; so it made no sense. I’m neither brain-damaged nor on the verge of Alzheimer’s.

One morning, while mulling over a cup of coffee at my favorite Starbucks, I started thinking about an old friend. Because of time and distance we drifted apart. It struck me how hurt and angry I felt that he hadn’t made more of an effort to stay close. On the other hand, neither had I.

That afternoon, I called him and we arranged a long overdue visit. When we finally got together, after a few awkward moments, it didn’t take long to remember how special the relation was to both of us. It felt like we’d never been apart. You guessed it, his name was Jack.

I don’t forget my neighbor’s name anymore.

Please share any disguised messages that your unconscious has sent you.

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