I quickly learned that "silence" is not quiet at all.
There's the hum of the bathroom fan as I take a shower.
There's the cars driving on the road outside our home.
There's the bus that starts and stops a few blocks away.
There's the beeping of the heavy machinery working in the vicinity.
There's the cats fighting over the same patch of grass.
There's the airplane flying in the distance.
There's the dog that barks in the yard across the way.
There's the opening and closing of my neighbour's door.
There's the children playing in the park nearby.
There's the sigh of my dog as he sprawls out on the landing of the stairwell.
There's the rustling of the leaves in the trees.
The silence is far from quiet. It is a "noise" unique to the moment in which it occurs.
Not too long ago, I was sitting in my yard... relaxing and relishing in the few quiet moments I had to myself. Within this moment I heard....
Upon watching this, someone might say... "So what. It's a bird chirping". However, to me, it was so much more. By embracing the silence, I was given the gift of a beautiful song... the symphony of quiet, sung just for me.
A special thank you to Sofia, from Sofia's Ideas for inspiring and inviting me to find the Magic of the Mundane.