Silence is golden learning

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!


About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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3 Responses to Silence is golden learning

  1. nicoledefalco says:

    Hi Howard, I am so guilty of staying tuned into the noise and almost never take the time to listen to life. I consider my writing time my quiet/thinking time. But even then, the silence is always broken by the ever present hum of the laptop processor. I guess I either need to get a new laptop because this one’s running too loudly or simply learn to turn it off and enjoy the silence!

  2. Niharika says:

    Interesting and refreshing though

    how and where may one unplug?

    1.In the bathing tub or under a shower. Where it will be just you and you and water. Dance, Sing for a while. then look at the inspirational poster which you hung with the door of the bathroom. However while you are busy contemplating, do not waste water.
    2. Spend some time with kids, small babies, watch them play. That would first empty your mind and then refill it with joy
    3. Spend some time in front of the mirror and reflect on what you did the entire day
    4. Write, a diary or a blog. But thats not enough, read and reread them


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