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White Noise. [Apr. 16th, 2008|04:00 pm]
Chaz Meyers
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My days and nights are filled with background noise. Be it the hum of computers in my room and my office or the banter of talk radio in the car, it is rare that I experience any amount of absolute silence.

The first time I realized that the quiet and I were not on a first name basis was when I first visited Amanda's father. He lived on a mountain. You could hear the neighbor down the block sneeze at night. I found the quiet to be disconcerting.

Last night I turned everything off. No whirls. No hums. No buzzes. No beeps. However, there was still noise. My subconscious fired up and started churning through volumes of unprocessed thoughts to fill the void. This time the quiet did not bother me. It's good to stop, take time to decompress, and try to eavesdrop on an inner monologue that flies listen to your inner monologue for a while.

I need to apply this lesson to other facets of my life. Certain portions of my life need to be muted more regularly. People are not meant to live in a sequence of context switches in the form of instant messages, emails, phone calls, twitters, and text messages, only offset by the occasional injection of caffeine.

It's a wonder I ever finish a complete thought.

[User Picture]From: calophi
2008-04-16 11:03 pm (UTC)
Despite how I'm used to background noise, I find I don't have an issue with quiet as long as I have a book with me. I can sit and read a book and do nothing else for HOURS. People will talk to me and I just won't hear them!

I can't really do that with anything else though. Eventually I will get tired of a puzzle-book, or drawing, or sewing. Especially sewing, if I don't have anyone to talk to while I'm doing it.
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[User Picture]From: instantdharma
2008-04-16 11:42 pm (UTC)
This not only eloquently written, but it's super *~meta~*.

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[User Picture]From: paininbutt
2008-04-18 11:40 pm (UTC)
i like the quiet thats why im so geared up to go camping next weekend.... the only thoughts i have are about animals and starts and nature....cause in the middle of no where is the only place i can turn off the constant inner monologue that seems to be the thing that drives me batty....seriously i recomend getting lost in the woods its nice
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