Tuesday, September 14, 2010

In the midst of noise

We walk past this gate several times a day and it took me until last week to actually see it and notice how pretty it was. 

I realized I hadn't paid it any attention because of the practically deafening noise around it ... the near-constant sound of cars, scooters and buses angrily honking at one another, construction workers sawing and hammering and people shouting and spitting ... it made me a bit reflective, wondering what other  things I miss in life due to the noise around me?  I wonder how many people take time to be still in a quiet place and I wonder (as I watch everyone walking around with headphones in) if most people nowadays would go crazy without noise?


Shan in Japan said...

I used to wear my headphones a lot to sort of block out the noise and chaos around me as I traveled into Osaka. But, I noticed that the also blocked out my ability to notice things, like your gate, or like people I should be showing kindness to.
Quietness is hard for us. So is trying to find it in the noise of our lives! Thanks for the reminder to be still.

Molly W. said...

Really pretty. Its true Car, we could all stand to spend more time just being still. thanks for the reminder, friend. xo

Jen said...

What a beautiful picture and a great reminder--that I often need!