Shhhhh – what do you hear? The fans blades turning? The hum of an electric motor? The birds, planes, and other outside noises?
Listen even harder. How about – your own thoughts? We live in a plugged in, turned on world. Noise always has to be in the background – ipod, TV, mp3, radio, some soundtrack to go along with your life. But what if life was the soundtrack? And your thoughts and ideas? Wishes and dreams? Fantasies and ideals? What if you spent some of the time just listening to what YOU have to say to yourself. Or to the world. The first step is to tune into yourself.
These days that appears to be disappearing. My Assistant Scoutmaster told me he doesn’t like swimming laps because it’s boring. Boring? You are alone with your thoughts for however long you are in the pool. How can that be boring?
I just spent a week with my Boy Scouts in the boundary waters, one of the last pristine wilderness areas in the continental US. No electronics, just us, our canoes and paddles. Not even the noise of a plane overhead. It was glorious, because my senses weren’t distracted or overloaded. They were there to absorb and enjoy all that nature provides.
Find some time to unplug, to rest your ears and work your mind. To dream and to scheme. You’ll find it a great opportunity to learn, to discover, to invent, and to be at peace with yourself. And won’t even have to worry abou the volume level. Shhhh!