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Sounds and Silence


Monday morning... five phone lines at work ringing non-stop, each caller with questions or needing assistance of some kind.  I'm making notes on a notepad as I go, who's on one, what the guy on two wants, who line three is for, etc... craziness!  The folks who call in expecting me to know who they are just by the sound of their voice always make me smile.  They have no idea that I talk to forty or fifty different people daily...  it's amazing that I can even remember my own name by the end of the day! 

I've been answering offfice phones for more than thirty years.  Is it any wonder that I often hear phones ringing at night in my sleep and in my dreams?  At least in my current job we don't have speakers announcing calls all day long as we did at the truck dealership where I last worked.  The staff there learned to tune out our voices just like kids would their mom, and I was often hoarse by the end of the day from repeated paging.  I don't miss that at all. 

When I come home I love the quiet, it is peaceful and restful to me. Most often if I am home alone during the day, there is no tv, no music, no sound at all in the rooms except the AC fan coming off and on, the clicking of my keyboard,  and the furkids purring in my lap and around my feet.  That's my idea of heaven!  Other sounds that soothe me... ocean waves, falling rain, howling winter winds, crickets chirping in the night, and classical music. 

I belive that quiet time, time to sort out your thoughts, meditate, or even just decompress from the stress of the day, is essential.  I wonder about people who never ever enjoy quiet unless they are asleep.  My ex kept the tv running from the time he woke up in the morning until he went to bed at night.  If he wasn't in front of it, he was out in the band room jamming with his bandmates, making even more noise! We see young people and many adults with earbuds in their ears wherever they go, at work or play. Some folks even keep music or the tv on when they sleep for background noise.  

Has silence become that uncomfortable for us, that taboo? Do we use the noise to block out the sound of our own heart beating?

12 comments:

  1. I too love the silence. C.C. and I are sitting in the 'sitting room' of the B&B we are at in Sonoma County and other than the ticking of the clock, the room is silent -- and delightful.

    Like you, I relish the silence, though I do write to particular music. Depending on the music -- I write differently. :)

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  2. I love the beautiful sound of silence. I like white noise as well, but there is something oddly comforting with absolute silence.

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  3. I love silence but love having the radio on at times. In the morning I can hear water fowl and birds. They make their noises all morning long.

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  4. Aaaaaahhhh quiet. I often carve out time for quiet, although I do enjoy other soothing sounds - a distant train, the hum of cars from the highway nearby, windchimes...I will some times request to turn the radio off in the car for periods of time (much to the chagrin of Hubs who likes music on all the time). I have often wondered our culture's aversion to silence isn't contributing somewhat to the increase in depression. Who knows?

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  5. I enjoy silence too. In the morning especially. I have the news running in the background until my particular show is off and then the television is off until the evening (unless I'm sick with a Migraine) but my kids have their earbuds in all the time. I've created a rule that while they are home, they have to have one earbud out and the volume must be low.

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  6. I am a quiet gal too. I love peaceful quiet times. Love to read! And to just be still and like to have time to think and meditate and have devotion times with the Lord. However, I enjoy my tv time too, and have my favorite shows...and I do listen to soft music when I sleep, to drown out my husband's snoring! Ha! (:>)

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

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  7. I do think we tend to fill the silence with noise so that we don't have to be alone with ourselves. But I can't imagine living with so much distraction and background noise.

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  8. I love silence, so I can hear the sounds of life, and my own spirit. I think sometimes people avoid listening to their own conscience, try to avoid themselves, by covering it up with noise.
    Sometimes I turn on the TV or music because it is too quiet with Bill gone over the road. Hearing people talking makes me not miss him quite as much, for just a few minutes.
    But the sounds of nature are the best sounds.

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  9. When I was living in a one bedroom apartment and Spawn was still a baby, the mold and dump was so bad that it affected both our breathing. The only thing that would help, was to leave the window open and have the air con turned on 24 hours a day.

    10 years on, and neither of us can go to sleep without the whirr of air conditioning in our respective rooms. Whether it's summer, autumn or winter, that things keeps a-whirring.

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  10. I vacillate betweenm silence and music. I am a big podcast listener so I often listen to one as I work but sometimes I prefer the silence. Silence can be quite rich and can reveal unexpected joys - like the soft wind blowing or little birds singing. It's nice!

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  11. Our TV is on from the minute we get up until we go to bed. When I notice my nerves are jangling and I turn off the TV, I swear I will never turn it on again. But I'm so used to the background noise that even silence gets to me after a while.

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  12. What a brilliant observation ... Silence. How scarey it is to some and how comforting to others. But silence is there for us to use, to enjoy, to bask in because it allows us to be aware of ourselves and the occassional noise of an animal or bird or anything we might otherwise miss. But, how often to we even think about silence, until someone like you points it out. And, now we will all be suddenly aware when it is silent and we will be thinking about what to do with it. I say sit back and enjoy it :)

    Andrea @ FRom The Sol

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