Friday, September 14, 2012

Moving Thoughts Friday


Every Friday I’m going to ask a question. The questions I choose might be ambiguous on purpose. The goal is to have you answer the question according to your beliefs, where you’re at in life or a circumstance that might have recently impacted you. The only thing I ask is that you provide an explanation for why you answered the way you did.

It’s my hope to understand you better through this and also to gain a greater understanding of humanity and how people make decisions.
Silent love or Noisy adoration?

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**taking next week off to pretend I’m attending a conference. ;-) See you on the 24th with a “Significant” post


16 comments:

  1. Silent love. I have enough noise around me. I like a little silence. :) And I think silence is more powerful than noise most times.

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  2. What Jess said. I've come to appreciate silence -- the depth of it, the steadiness of it -- more and more.

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  3. Hmm...tough one. But I'll say silent love. It runs deeper and longer. :)

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  4. Can I be totally selfish and say both? I think I probably value silent love the most. But I will confess to enjoying noisy adoration when it comes now and then. Hehe...

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  5. Hmmm...tough one. I think I'd pick noisy adoration because I don't like to pretend to read people's thoughts. If love is silent, how do I know it's there? Then again, I'd probably pick a happy medium. I know, I'm a cheater! :P

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  6. Noisy adoration. I can't help myself. When I love someone, I say it all the time in all kinds of ways. I love words and putting my love into words Gwynly's gotten used to it and just smiles when he gets the forty-second "I love you" of the day. Our daughter gets one of those "Oh, Mom. Do you have to say it again? looks on her face that I tell myself is just a cover-up for soaking up the love. And the cats? They just ignore me most of the time, so I can lavish the feline love on 'em without limits.

    Oh, and for the record, Wendy, I LOVE you!!!

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  7. Confession. I am wearing my reading glasses, but even so I have a hard time seeing small text. And periods. Which is why dinosaur me left one out in my comment above (at the end of the sentence before the one that begins with Gwynly.) However, the missing close quotation mark after "again?" was a goof pure and simple. Just wanted to be clear about that, cuz I'm sure you were wondering what had happened to your perfectionistic pal. =)

    But I got the most important part right. I do LOVE you! =)

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  8. I think I am going to have to go with silent love. It's steady, does not in any way tempt a person to love for selfish reasons. You get no recognition, no accolades for what you do silently.

    But it's hard to imagine silent love without an occasional verbal expression. It gives the lover a chance to share what is on his heart. It gives the love-ee a chance to be affirmed and assured. I love that the Scriptures shout from the rooftops how thoroughly God loves us. Those "out loud" affirmations are what I cling to when needed.

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  9. Definitely noisy adoration. I love to adore things and make comments on them. I love talking about the things I love and that's what matters to me.

    Great post, Wendy!

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  10. Noisy adoration. I'm way too extroverted to hide my feelings.

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  11. Silent love. Ok, maybe not silent, but quiet. If I get too noisy, it's sometimes for the wrong reasons.

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  12. This is tough. I would say noisy adoration -- which is me. But I married silent love, so it's probably a better fit.

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  13. I used to think noisy adoration, but ever since marrying silent love, I've realized it's exactly what I need.

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  14. I think a relationship or friendship or whatever you want to apply this question to needs both silent love and noisy adoration, but both in moderation. Silence is deep and meaningful and if you can stop it from being awkward, it proves a strength in the relationship. But silence can become boring and noisy adoration can be a wonderful way of preventing that; sometimes having fun, having a loud laugh, doing something crazy and outrageous is exactly what people need to do in order to express their feelings to one another and share it. As enjoyable as silence is, it bottles up the excitement of having someone. So a bit of both would be great :)

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  15. I used to think noisy adoration was the only way to go. Then I got married to the silent love type. I used to wonder... Doe's he really love me as much as I love him. He was more reserved and less boisterous than myself. After 12 years of marriage, I realize his silent love is real... pure... committed and I NEVER doubt his unconditional and sincere love for me and our children. Definitely "silent love"! Thanks for asking such a thought provoking question! Really made me think!

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  16. Oh, tough question! I don't know if I can pick one because there are different seasons for different expressions. A time for everything? Silent, serving love definitely has its place, but so does full-out expression. I guess if I had to pick one, I'd pick the strong, silent type. For some reason, quietly acting out on love seems to have more permanence and resilience.

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