Believe it or not, this image came to my mind when I saw the word “silence” just now. It’s the view I have when stepping out of one of our temporary offices at the Australian Open. It’s the place you go when you need a breather. A bit of silence (although it’s never really quiet out there while the event is on…). And yet it feels silent…
I wonder what the word “silence” means to you? Does it make you feel good? Does it make you feel bad? Does it make you feel nervous? Does it make you sad? Or happy? Silence can do all of this to us. I mentioned in an older post how much I enjoy when it gets silent here. As a homeschooling family it’s very rare that there is no noise, especially when you add the two dogs and our crazy cat to the mix.
I need those moments of silence.
But silence can also trigger something very different. It can make you feel lonely too.
Do you have those moments too where every tiny little bit of noise seems so unbearable? When you hear stuff you would normally not hear or at least would not get to you? Do you know those moments when you can sleep totally fine although there is something going on outside but then other nights you can’t because of that bloody mosquito? They are not loud, you know! And still they get to you. The noise of them flying around gets to you…
Some nights I sleep totally fine although we can always hear the traffic from the nearby road. Other nights it seems louder and it gets to me.
This post is perfect as a little lead up to a post scheduled for later today. Not only is the show I mention in it a fantastic show and I highly recommend you watch it, but it also makes me think about silence and noise and what we consider noise again.
Silent night. It’s one of the songs that comes to mind now, right? Well, how about silence? Do you experience it?
It’s something that I often think of when thinking back to how Christmas used to be in Switzerland. When I think of the nights fresh snow was falling. Because snow absorbs sound it really gets more quiet. But it’s more than that. It’s the way snow falls as well. If it’s not wet snow the snowflakes float to the ground rather than falling, don’t think so? Everything seems to be almost put into a slow motion mode.
And I believe that it effects you too.
“We live in a sea of noise,” said Todd Sampson in his TV Show “Redesign my brain” an absolute have to watch show, by the way. How true.
I just came back from walking the dogs in a nearby park. It’s a fairly big park and on some days it feels like you are out somewhere, far away from the roads and houses. Yesterday was such a day, when I stopped under that one tree and listened to the humming of the bees being busy doing their job. Today I would not have been able to hear them.
I was thinking a lot about silence and peace over the last couple of days and decided to reblog this post as a Blast From The Past, especially following my post from earlier today.