"In every grouping and every family, can be found a 'quiet one', the one who hangs back and keeps their counsel to themselves until it is asked for and is more likely to receive adequate attention. Though the 'quiet one' often feels their role to be small in the great scale of things, they could not be farther from the truth.
We should never assume 'quiet' to equate with being weak or 'loud' with being strong. Whereas talkers want to talk things out, the quiet ones prefer to think things out. Quiet people know that characters are forged from practical solutions and not dreams. They waste not breath in the cold of winter; they know the quiet sense in moments of stillness. When quiet is with them, all is in them and they see the world as it truly is. To be quiet to the world around should never be confused with being blind to it!
Many of my favourite things in life are found in moments of quietness. My favourite past time is reading and writing stories, and my favourite political sentence was hearing the late Margaret Thatcher say that she was 'quietly confident.' My favourite film of all time that the Forde Family watch every Christmas Day is 'The Quiet Man,' and my deepest sadness ever felt, lay in silent tears which words could never adequately describe.
Being a writer for the past twenty-seven years enables me to savour solitude when I stir my my mind to plot and punch line. As a lover of horses, trees and nature's imagery, my favourite vision is one of a settling sunset, for it is the quietening of the day that most appeals to my thoughtful reflections. This hour is that part of day when I am at my finest rest; that part of the day which follows my productive best. I am a horse born in the Chinese Year of 1942." William Forde: August 5th, 2016.