The roar of cheers in a stadium, to the shrill scream of fear, the deep manly husk, to the carefree belly laugh. We are surrounded by noise, and stunned by silence. An orchestra of sound clangs in our waking ears and whispers in our sleeping moments.
We are always searching for more. Something new. Something better. Something to replace the old with louder, more intense beats. We are never satisfied with silence, never content to stop, to be still. We are always reaching, clambering, fighting, begging for more. More money, more fulfilment, more love, more sex, more career advancement, more, more, more… We get caught up in the world, in the season of children, sports, taxi driving, bills, church, community events. We fill our lives with ‘us’, with others. We pressure ourselves, and put unrealistic expectations on others. We stuff our feelings away with the busy, the hectic, the noise, and somehow take pride in it. We live for tomorrow, instead of enjoying today’s moments. We are never satisfied because tomorrow never arrives. So we continue the clang. We strive to be heard above the roar of the city streets, and noticed amongst the rush of the subway.
Have we all forgotten the sound of silence? Have we forgotten the sound of the soul? So many of us are searching for ourselves amongst the noise, but if we stop would we find ourselves in the melody of silence?
Perhaps it’s time we hushed the noise. Perhaps its time we took minutes to listen to the sound of our heart. To listen to the tiny whispers inside us instead of the continued gongs that dominate our lives.
What if we found release? What if we found we all had a happy spot deep down inside of us that we have forgotten? What if we found the cause of the emptiness we feel? What if we found answers? What if we found purpose? Motivation? Understanding? Joy?
What if we found peace?
What if we found our hands lovingly dancing over the piano of our lives? What if we see dark notes interspersed with the light ones, and realize they create a beauty, a melody, a fragrance. What if we realized beauty is not found in flash cars, and nice houses, but beauty is found in friendships and love? What if we watched fingers caress the darkness, and break out into sunshine? What if we allowed ourselves to be swept up in the magic of melody and drenched in the sound of silence?
What if we all took a moment and changed the repeating clang in our head to a tune that captivates our soul?
This world is an orchestra of sound, and largely we get choose the melody we dance to. What tune are you going to dance to today?