Interlude: The Power of Words

The power of words is such that they can hurt or heal. That’s why I took this week to step away from the world. Instead of picking up a device or sitting down at my laptop to check the news, I’m curling up with a book. What I’m reading doesn’t even have to be motivational or inspiring. Good prose has a soothing effect. That sets a tone, and impacts my mood for the entire day.

Mornings are so deliciously quiet now. I suspect that with nowhere to go, my neighbors are sleeping in. Every day is a weekend. I don’t hear the sounds of alarms going off, or playing music as people try to wake up. No whirring blenders making smoothies. There’s no one chatting in the hall. No running down the stairs because they’re afraid of missing the bus. A complete lack of cars picking people up, or delivery trucks doing their thing. Just peaceful silence.

The Power of Words

People struggling aren’t accustomed to being alone with their own thoughts. This new world is hard for them. For the past month I’ve been reading about people binge-watching television. Too few people seem willing to embrace the quiet. We’ve been trained by the media to fill every silence. They have so much content they need us to consume.

I know that there are things going on in the world. What I don’t need is to be pummeled by the minutiae. That’s what wears you down. Social media and the news are filled with rudeness, cruelty, and willful ignorance, and exposure to that is toxic. A novel, being an object out of time, is filled with healing words by virtue of not being connected to current events. Every book is an oasis.


  • This week I am not posting about anything that happens beyond the walls of my apartment.
  • I am checking email and Twitter DMs twice a day, once after lunch and once after dinner EEST (UTC +3).
  • The majority of my time is spent writing and reading.
  • Current work in progress: DoubleZero
  • Currently reading: Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
  • Currently watching: The latest episodes of Westworld and Better Call Saul are on the schedule for this evening.
  • Today is Day 36 in isolation.

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