Since my vocal cord surgery I've had a few silent thoughts. I'm a verbal processor so I really don't know what I think until I talk about my thoughts for a while, so I wouldn't put too much stock in this blog, but you're still welcome to read it.
I offer you a few unprocessed ruminations...
- Silence is golden. That's true, but its value increases with it's scarcity. You need it when you don't have it, but if it's everywhere in abundance, it's relative value plummets.
- Silence is misunderstood. A silent person doesn't explain why they're not speaking so interpretation is left up to others. This results in criticisms of being being stuck up, or angry or aloof. Yesterday someone near me was asked if I'm an introvert. Yiiiiii!
- I've been listening to Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" and still haven't figured out what "the sounds of silence" are, or why they matter.
- Surrogates and avatars are saying things for me. Did you know there are APPS that say whatever you type? They even sound a bit like I sound right now.
- I wonder if God planned for me to say a certain number of words each day. If so, I'll have extra words to say when I can speak again. I'll need to say all the things I would normally say, plus all the words I would have said in the preceding days. Hmmm. Consider the potential impact on my preaching. Zow.
Needless to say, I'll know soon enough how my voice was impacted by the surgery. I'm not concerned. I like Dr. Brooks and I've known him for many years. He's a remarkable Otorhinolaryngology surgeon and he did a great job whittling on my vocal cords while wielding a hot laser in my throat. I was surrounded during the entire procedure with nurses, administrators and care-givers from GCC, all of whom helped me with their training, skill and words of support. (GCC folks are everywhere!)
The bottom line: The surgery went well. I'm to be totally silent for a few days. Duct Tape helps. I feel OK. I'm grateful for your kindness and support. I'm glad for Sheila's loving patience. I'm already sick and tired of saying nothing.
A few more days of silence, then I'm in voice therapy for a while.
I assume my new vocal cords will carry me to an easy victory on the next American Idol and I'll be able to pay cash for GCC's new chapel with the royalties from my first hit single, "I Had Nothing To Say To You."
That's the update.
Thanks for praying.
Psalm 30:9a - What is gained if I am silenced?