I hope I don’t sound like an old grump when I say this, but I hate unnecessary noise. As much as I love music, I don’t need to listen to it when I’m getting ready to go out. I don’t need to flip on the television when I’m sitting down for dinner. I can sit in total silence and be fine with it. In fact, I prefer it.
A woman who sat next to me on the bus inspired me to write this post. She was fidgety at first, and then she picked up her cell phone and proceeded to make several phone calls to friends. From what I heard, the conversations were of no urgency or importance. And it got me thinking. Do we often feel the need to fill the silence? Are we really that bored with the quietness?
There’s obviously nothing wrong with making calls to friends. But I often wonder whether it’s because people are uncomfortable otherwise. If that is the case, then I would love to invite them (or you) to perform a routine activity without the TV blaring in the background or talking on the phone (I like to put my phone on silent for a little while, so I’m not tempted to answer it if it rings). Consider it a form of meditation.Your mental health will thank you.
p.s. Along the same lines, here’s a very interesting article I found about the dangers of noise, its effects on the body and how the younger generation is in most need of quiet time.