The story below in a simple way illustrates Rumi’s wisdom and the magic of silence:

“There once was a farmer who discovered that he had lost his watch in the barn. It was no ordinary watch because it had sentimental value for him.

After searching high and low among the hay for a long while; he gave up and enlisted the help of a group of children playing outside the barn.

He promised them that the person who found it would be rewarded.

Hearing this, the children hurried inside the barn, went through and around the entire stack of hay but still could not find the watch. Just when the farmer was about to give up looking for his watch, a little boy went up to him and asked to be given another chance.

The farmer looked at him and thought, “Why not? After all, this kid looks sincere enough.”

So the farmer sent the little boy back in the barn. After a while the little boy came out with the watch in his hand! The farmer was both happy and surprised and so he asked the boy how he succeeded where the rest had failed. 

The boy replied, “I did nothing but sit on the ground and listen. In the silence, I heard the ticking of the watch and just looked for it in that direction.”

The story proves that creative thoughts and problem solving solutions emerge only when the mind is calm and uncluttered. Even neuroscience has proven that silence nourishes the mind and body. Its a good to practice to sit in silence for at least 10 minutes once or twice a day. Soon the mind when faced with a situation will learn to auto-connect with our inner silence and think with clarity to find a solution.

Cheers and best wishes to all my friends! 🙂






About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs, playing golf and yoga. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

18 responses »

  1. Aakansha says:

    Enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  2. sindhoooo says:

    Awesome story! Your words are really inspiring! Thanks! TC and keep smiling 🙂

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  3. ssbonsor says:

    To add to the comments, i wonder if someone has heard the ‘sound of silence’ , a kind of vibratory humn in the ears?

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  4. ssbonsor says:

    A lovely suggestion.


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  5. aFrankAngle says:

    Great advise applicable to other situations. Silence is one thing … listening is another.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Yes Frank Rumi’s advice is always loaded with meaning leading to different interpretations. When we are in a Yes or No situation it is our inner voice which tells us what is right for us to do. So if we suspend the chatter in a mind we are able to ‘listen’ to the inner voice.

      Cheers and thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Nomzi Kumalo says:

    Thank you and best wishes to you too Dilip 😊

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  7. Binky says:

    Especially these days there is far too much static around, and it becomes increasingly difficult to find some silence where you can sit back and reflect.

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