“The quieter you become, the more you can hear. ”
Before I dropped off to sleep the other night, I said to Joe, "I haven't been quiet all day." That got me to thinking about the noise of our lives. The next morning, I sat in the chair, with the TV off, and listened to the noises of the house.The dryer was humming in the mudroom. The clock ticking behind me...and one in another room. Joe tapping the keys of his keyboard. The refrigerator clicked on and the water softener was running as well.
Surely there was a place with more quiet.I got up and decided to move to the front porch.. I could hear the constant humming of insects outside along with bird song. I got comfortable and picked up my iced tea and heard the ice cubes clink. Two hummingbirds buzzing at the feeders and chattering among themselves. Audra whizzing by on her new purple scooter. Traffic speeding by...to fast for our neighborhood. Someone said, "Hello" a neighbor was taking a walk by our house. A chipmunk rustled in some dried leaves. The call of the Blue jay far off. Turning the pages of the book I was reading. My own breathing. The sound of swallowing my tea. The creaking of the Adirondack chair when I adjusted the cushions.A dog barking.
A move back to the woods to find quiet.As I sat on my bench I heard the rubbing of big limbs up in the trees. It was a windy day and the branches make the strangest sounds. Bird sounds everywhere. A big ga lump sound from the pond...a resident bull frog. Cicadas singing in the trees. Creatures rustling in dried debris.
Going back to the house, I decided that there is nowhere to find quiet . These noises make up my world and make life worth living. If the world was silent...we would have nothing. We couldn't live without our everyday noise In this busy world of gadgets with buttons and bells and whistles.... it is important for each of us to find some quiet and solitude.We still have some quiet places...a walk in the woods, sitting by the river, strolling through a park, the forest preserves, or that quiet place in our own homes. I find mine in the garden.
I'm thinking about Syria right now. I've read that the Syrians are wondering why the world is silent? This is the first time I don't have an opinion about what we should do. It's such a huge problem. I just hope our leaders choose the right way to, maybe, solve this problem..".Be still and know that I am God." I hope they take some quiet time and make the best decision for the most people.