Silence need not be the absence of speech, the embittered swallowing of unspoken criticism, condemnation, and blame; the harsh, unfeeling, unsympathetic withdrawal from certain confrontation.

Silence is not weakness, but strength. It is how the force of words uttered unfairly against you are turned, with greatest ease, back upon he or she who uttered them.

It was once taught that silence is bravery. Silence is patience, resignation, perseverance, tolerance, persistence – not bravery.

Courage begins at that point, that moment, when resistance overcomes submission. The bravery that follows is loud.

Silence may also be a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of a person just as he or she is. Surrender and acceptance alone grant strength. Denial, refusal, hesitation, postponement, cowardice render only the perpetuation of suffering.