Silence is golden. It earned Paul Harvey a $100 million dollar, ten year contract at age 82! This morning, the microphone is silent. And Paul Harvey would have wanted it that way.
For more than 50 years, we were greeted by Paul Harvey’s rich baritone speaking voice that carried such authority: “Hello, Americans!”, he’d boom into the microphone. “This is Paul Harvey! [pause] Stand by for news!”
And those damn pauses got us every time. We knew they were coming. But they were irrestible.
Harvey knew the space between two thoughts can be as powerful as the thoughts themselves.
But his genius, and his signature, were those pauses. Attention-getting in their simplicity, but so seductive in their promise.
Contrast that with the fast-talking, speed equal energy, over processed newscasts we are subjected to 24/7 and you can see why the world is a little less clear this morning.
You could not half -listen to Paul Harvey. He wouldn’t let you. He set you up. [pause] made you wait [pause] drew you in [pause] and by that time you couldn’t wait to hear “the rest of the story”.
We need Paul Harvey pauses.
Not only in our broadcasts, but in our very lives. So today, pause, and listen. Before you respond to someone today, pause to consider what they’ve said. Pause and listen for the sounds of nature, a karma or spiritual thought you may have missed.
And, [pause] to remember the man who never left us without a [pause] and a “Good Day”.