Still Yourself and Hear the World
Yesterday morning, when I got to my computer, I could hear the rain outside.
I stopped to listen. I could hear the white noise around the air moving.
The sound was soothing, clear, and refreshing.
Outside and below, cars were rushing toward the city.
It was a whooshing sound of tires on the pavement. I didn’t have to look to know it.
In the kitchen, the coffeemaker began telling me that it was working.
I listened, then, to the quiet hummmmmm of the air conditioning.
I settled back in my desk chair just to listen.
Quiet, silence filled with sounds I don’t usually hear.
Raindrops sliding down a window, my heart beating, my eye blinking as I look at the harbor.
And last night a fabulous thunderstorm returned me to that peaceful, listening feeling.
What if we listened to each other like we listen to the rain?
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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