Monday, February 11, 2013
Now let's go to the sense of hearing - do you really hear what is going on around you, in the office, in the car while driving, people whispering, "I love you" or noise at home? Most of us have the TV's on in the room, music blaring in the car & it gets louder so we can hear it over the people talking around us. And they wonder why peopleís hearing is getting worse!
So let's do an experiment: Turn everything off around you & I mean everything, no TV, NO IPod, No mp3 player, no radio Ė nothing on. Now stop & listen, what do you hear?
So I did it today, turned the TV off, didnít say a word to anyone. My childcare children stopped what they were doing & looked at me to see what was going on. I think they were trying to decide if they were in trouble because usually I turn it off when they are getting wild, it gets their attention. The kicker of this was is no one was even watching the TV, it was just on to their shows but the minute the sound stopped they thought something was wrong. I didn't say a word; I just waited to see what they would do. They started making faces in the TV screen because they could see themselves; I just set back & continued to watch them, not saying a word to see what would happen. Soon they just went off & continued to play & it seemed to get really loud in the room, which Iím sure it wasnít any different than when the TV was on, I just never noticed it.
Soon all I could hear in the room was the fan on my heater & kids laughing & playing but yet I was starting to go crazy. I was getting edgy & I don't even know why. I just couldn't concentrate in the quite of the room (which by the way was not quite, kids laughing &playing the entire time). Iím so used to the noise around me that it was too quite & I didnít know how to act.
My goal is to leave it off more each day & see how long we can do it. I'm not sure I will make it; Iím already feeling withdrawals from the sound of the TV noise being in the background of the already. So wish me luck!