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The Sound of Silence


I have been the only person home for the past couple of days.  Chad is on a choir trip to Canada and John took Hannah and Lilli to see Conference and his family for the weekend.  I chose to stay home.  (I’m not real big on travel.  I’m a home body).
As a result I’ve had the BEST vacation ever!  Wait… I do miss my family.  However, I have completely enjoyed the sounds of silence.
I didn’t have to have many competing sound machines.  I didn’t have an overwhelming amount of noise assaulting my ears.  I could sleep in complete silence.  It was heavenly.
How often do you sit in silence?
No television
No mobile phone
No radio
No people talking
No iPad, iPod or MP3 player
No laptop or PC
No music whatsoever
One of my favorite moments is sitting out on my porch swing, completely quiet and enjoying the sounds of nature… to the rain.
I hear the wind blowing through the trees and the sound of a variety of birds communicating with one another. I hear the tiny frogs croaking around in the garden or a single leaf blowing along the street. I watch the clouds changing shape like I did when I was a child.
I sit perfectly still. I listen and observe.  Nice!
I see the way the wind dances with the plants and trees.  I take in the different sound each of them make as the breeze passes through them.
I calm the voices in my head telling me I should be doing this, I should be doing that. I calm the voices shouting do more, be more.
I surrender to the silence. I feel peaceful.
I take in the beauty of the smallest flower regardless of whether it’s a weed or a beautiful rose.
I am grateful for the ability to hear beauty and to see it with my own eyes. I appreciate being able to smell a summer shower as it approaches.
It won’t be for long.  They all come back tomorrow.  Which is a good thing.

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