We are inundated by and in noise. Some noise we sense as discordant sound: irritating and unpleasant. Some noise we sense as harmonious sound: calming and comforting. In the reality of the senses, however – between these extremes of external, carnal sound – all noise is distracting and misleading.
Noise is distracting because it intrudes into and interferes with our thinking, reflection, and feeling. Noise is misleading because it is disguised as pleasing, usual, or necessary.
Noise isn’t just the 140 decibel (dB) blast from an F-18 Hornet on afterburner taking off from the deck of the U.S.S. Ronald Regan, the 110 decibel slam of a live KISS concert, or the 90 decibel swarming beehive of a Suziki GSXer winding beyond 10,000 rpm. Noise is the dishwasher, garbage disposal, vacuum cleaner, and air conditioner. Noise is the television, radio, and sound system. Noise is traffic, the office, and a restaurant. Noise is your computer, cell phone, MP3 player, the crowd around you, and the instant replay of your life looping inside your head.
Noise is you replaying your day over and over, late at night, regretting that you should have said or done something differently, agonizing over what you have to do, what you have to say, tomorrow, and whether it will be your best or whether you can even do it. Noise is an incessant din inside your skull that rolls in on itself, dissolving into confusion and chaos.
Noise is outside you, crushing in, and noise is inside you, screaming to escape.
Noise, it would seem, is pervasive, ubiquitous, and inevitable. This is an illusion and a self-propagating deception precipitating weariness of the body, loneliness of the heart, and isolation of the spirit.
The philosopher asks “If a tree fell in the forest and there was no one there to hear it, would it make a sound?” The wise person asks: “If God spoke to you and you were not listening, would you hear Him?”
Many will say God does not speak to them. From that perspective, the ill-perceived silence of God is deafening.
God is not silent. He has spoken and speaks – even to you. Perhaps you have never heard Him. Perhaps you haven’t heard Him in a long time.
Turn off the noise and turn on your spirit. Quiet the noise – hear, listen to your spirit. You will be surprised by what you hear – and from Whom. Listen.
Copyright Michael K. Miller of Millennium Suites, LLC 2009 (see http://www.millennium-suites.com)
More ‘Noise’ from the Internet:
“Stop the Noise!” – from Salon.com
When noise pollution is not making us sick and anxious, it is literally killing us. How do we turn it off?
“Airplane Noise Boosts Blood Pressure Even During Sleep” – from Washingtonpost.com
“What Noise Gets on Your Nerves?” – from BBC News
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