I know people who have the tv on all the time. Like from the minute they get up to the moment they go to sleep. It’s a constant yammering that always runs in the background. Now, I’m a fan of “background noise”. I love to put on music or play the radio softly when I’m working on projects like writing or graphics works. Music makes the time go more quickly. But the tv…all the time…. or even music….all the time! Unplug!
There is something about quiet that can keep your thoughts still. Quiet can help you to think. It can soothe the nerves and the spirit. Sure, music can do that too, but there’s nothing better than common peace and quiet.
It takes an effort to be quiet these days. Turning off the cell phone, the television, the radio, the computer, anything that can cause incessant noise. I think that’s what bothered me the most about working in call centers. Buzz…a phone call. Buzz…another call. There never was any break and there couldn’t be a “legal” five or ten minutes to get quiet, because it was all “on the call” or “after call” works. There was no “code for catching you breath.” That’s what breaks and lunches supposedly were for, except if you couldn’t escape the environment, then there never was any peace and quiet.
Take some time for quiet over this coming weekend. Thirty minutes, an hour, it doesn’t matter. Simply unplug and get away. I think you’ll be amazed at how good it really feels.