Don't Say a WordOctober 08, 2014

On October 10, let's do something different. It must be special. Let's be silent, and let's do it together.

Zip It demands total silence. In this age of social media, it seems impossible. One day seems like an eternity. Going online is an alternative, but that will be considered cheating. This is the perfect time to turn to books. It sounds sensible, and if you haven't read for months, then this will be your chance. If you're still wondering if such an undertaking does make any difference, then better purchase a Zip It wrist band. But let's be earnest for a moment. This set-up is like hitting two birds with one stone, and it can be fun. No harm in trying.

Rules of the game

There are other days (before or after October 10) where you can join any Zip It event. You can even challenge anyone you know not to say a word for a day. We're not pulling your leg. You may wonder what kind of reading materials to look. Take your pick:

Books on mental health. This is one aspect of one's well being often taken for granted. Apart from headache, we are unfamiliar with the common illnesses affecting mental health. As for depression, there are ways of dealing with it. (It's better to discuss this in another post.)

Fiction. Many titles in fiction are introspective in nature. If you haven't figured this out, then you're not reading at all. Granting you realise it, then go back to the titles you read and study. Modern literature may be daunting and stressful at first, but it won't be the case this time.

Comic books. This kind of reading material may be for geeks, but this is good diversion. The illustration gives an impression that this is less serious, but it's not the case. We're not going to debate about it.

No books. We are serious about this. If you don't fancy reading, then try to remember your conversations with your mates. Are you a good listener? If not, then maybe you want to make it up on your next meeting. If you're that kind of person who loves to talk, then did it enter your mind if someone is paying attention? If they do, did it dawned on you that they may be polite? Think about it.

Your own journal. We may not feel like writing, but why not do it. No need to keep an eye on your grammar. It can be your own experience or something you read. If you're an aspiring author, then this is a good start.

When the day is over, then think of whom to share your experience. Family is first choice, followed by your course-mates. Those whom you attend the same university might have interesting ideas. It will be nice to sit and talk about it (for an hour or two). Attending a Zip It event is no less important, and we are certain that you'll fancy one activity (at least).

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