There is an Arabic proverb that says this:
“Open your mouth only if what you are going to say is more beautiful than silence.”
I was at a beach fire last night. There were six of us — three guys and three girls — huddled around a stone fire basin, and we were talking. I had been out all day surfing with my friend and was tired. Conversation wasn’t coming naturally. That was okay with me, I relaxed by the fire and took shots.
By twelve everyone left.
It was an alright night: it won’t go down in the books as exemplary or disastrous — it was one of those nights that will be forgotten.
But what I took away from that night was if you’re talking just to fill silence, don’t. Silence is beautiful. Do not pollute the silence with words. Knowing when not to talk and enjoy silence is more important than filling space with words.