The other day, I was working in the yard and I popped my phone in my vest pocket, thinking I might listen to music or a podcast. I never pulled it out of my pocket. I went for a walk yesterday and, again, thought about listening to music or a podcast. I left my phone on the kitchen counter.
In both instances, I chose quiet.
I love music and there are a few podcasts that I love as well, but sometimes I need for nothing new to enter my ears or head or heart. Do you know what I mean? I’ve mentioned this podcast several times to you (because it’s such a good one, and is my go-to) but, even though I gain something from every single episode to which I listen, sometimes I need not to listen. Sometimes I need to set aside other people’s thoughts (even the really good ones) and just be with my own. Sometimes I need to refrain from people’s melodies (even the really good ones) and just be with silence…or maybe a little birdsong.
About five minutes into my walk yesterday, I was thinking how glad I was that I wasn’t listening to music or conversation; instead, I was listening to the birds. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful spring day. As I walked, face lifted to the sun, I felt present and fully content.
I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with listening to music or a podcast while you walk or run or clean the house or whatever…because there’s not. I love listening to a good song with the volume cranked (just ask my kids when they get into the car after I’ve driven somewhere without them); I love a deep and thoughtful conversation. All I’m saying is that sometimes it’s nice not to add anything to the equation. I’m saying that sometimes it’s nice to welcome in the quiet.
This isn’t earth-shattering, I know, but it’s something to consider. As with so much in life, it’s about making choices. And those choices will vary from day to day, from circumstance to circumstance. Sometimes cranking the tunes in the car is the way to go. Sometimes sitting in the quiet is surprisingly pleasant. You get to choose what feels good for you.
I simply invite you to consider, at least sometimes, the quiet. In our world, which is hyper-everything, it’s okay to skip the latest podcast recording (even the one that a friend told you was so good), it’s okay not to read all the blogs and all the articles, it’s okay not to view every post on Instagram or Facebook. Certainly, it’s okay to do any of those things. It’s also okay not to do any of those things. You choose.
And here’s a tip: It helps to get quiet when making an important choice.
Sending a little love your way, m