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This Week’s Assignment: An Hour Of Unplugging
In this lesson, unwanted noise, noise pollution is addressed. This annoyance can’t always be avoided but I know that for me there have been times when I have let it into my space and then wonder why I feel agitated or even enraged for what seems to be no apparent reason. Actually, there is a reason; one that I’m not facing — noise.
“Perhaps it would be a good idea, fantastic as it sounds, to muffle every telephone and halt all activity for an hour some day [sic] to give people a chance to ponder for a few moments on what it is all about, why they are living, and what they really want.”
– – James Truslow Adams, Author of The Founding of New England (1922 Pulitzer Prize in History)
In weeks past, I’ve chosen either the fourth or the fifth question to answer. This time I have picked question number one.
What is the noise level in your house (or workplace) and how does it make you feel?
My home can have a low noise level or a high one depending on what day of the week it is and what time it is. Moreover, depending on my general attitude, even the minimum of noise can bother me to no end or I’m turning on the radio or TV for ‘white noise’.
I do seems to be more sensitive to noise/sounds than Hubby is. Once Hubby leaves for work, I’m turning off the TV and bathing gracefully in the silence that fills the house. There are those rare occasions when I want to watch TV after he has left, but I can tell you that I’m turning the sound down several notched.
It isn’t that Hubby has a problem hearing. In fact, there are times when he hears things that I am not because I’ve psychologically tuned them out. He just happens to want more sound in his daily life than I do.
We have double-paned windows in our house but they are the originals from when the house was built in the 1970s. I can hear the noise of cars on our residential street loud and clear. I’m hoping that we can update this soon so that our home is quieter. (It’ll help the heating and cooling bill too.)
Because of my sensitivity to noise and sound, Hubby and I are usually sleeping in separate rooms. He has sleep apnea, which makes him snore. There are times when it will even wake him up. In addition, he has a hard time falling asleep and is convinced that having the TV on in the bedroom helps. He does usually put the timer on, but I still don’t understand his logic on this line of thinking. Any doctor will say that in order to be assured of a good night’s sleep, you need to be where there is as little noise or sound and as little light as possible. Having the TV on doesn’t, in any way, fit that criteria.
The quietest time of the day at my house is usually between 7:30pm and 9:00pm. I spend some of this time for ‘reflection’. I don’t call is meditation because I don’t go into a trance and my thoughts are deliberate. This is my time for sorting out my thoughts, which works well to keep the monster of General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) at bay. Feeling overwhelmed just because I haven’t taken time to prioritize and keep things in order is something I’d rather not go through.
As for when I want that ‘white noise’, I’m more likely to turn on the TV to a channel that has a ‘How-to-do’ program on. For instance, HGTV has shows about revamping old homes and Food Net has shows explaining shortcuts in cooking. These make great ‘white noise’ for me while I’m cleaning or working on a project.
Do you have noise issues at your home?