Silent Lullaby


Depending on where you’re living, the world can be a clamorous place. Ostensibly endless streams of digital diversions try to capture your attention. Cleverly disguised ads masquerade as entertainment. Forever-selling sales channels vie for your dollar.

This Christmas, tell the stentorian advertisers you don’t have dollars. Say you only have pesos and watch them run away afraid. Then find a quiet place and meditate. Find inner peace by buying nothing. Refuse to be a consumer and discover how little you need. Reality has a way of showing the true color of the clamor. Pale and lifeless clamor.

A night of quiet might set you right. If you were feeling a bit too commercial, a bit too confounded, a bit too beset on all sides by need and greed, then take time out to relax. Regroup and reform. Reflect on the precious gift given to the world on a night with a new star in the sky. Reminisce on traditions you’ve enjoyed with your family. Recall the secret solitude of silence.

The art of the lullaby is when it lulls. A sweet melody, a susurration from a mother’s lips, a song murmured, even hummed, all these things bring quiet to the troubled mind. Contemplation and meditation can be like a silent lullaby in a mind.

May you have a peaceful Christmas.

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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