One Year of Gratitude — Day 26

Photo by Kristina Flour on Unsplash. Thank you Kristina!

I am an early riser. Even when I get home late (like last night), I’m usually the first person awake in the house. Mornings are my favorite time of day to sit back and enjoy uninterrupted thoughts. Morning time is me time. It’s quiet time. And today is no different. I’m sitting here in my recliner, enjoying the quiet surroundings. What you’re seeing here is the byproduct of that quiet time.

As a musician, the appreciation of quiet time almost seems to be a counterintuitive. When I play music, it becomes as much a visceral experience as an aural one. The feeling of my sticks striking the drum heads and cymbals is a good one. Knowing I can control the sounds of a chunk of wood and a couple sheets of metal is fascinating. When I listen to music, I prefer to hear and feel it. For that reason I listen to it a high volumes. But, I don’t find myself listening to it often these days. I don’t listen to music in the house as often as my wife and daughter. Listening to it can’t be a passive process for me. It commands my attention. So, it can easily become a distraction to me when my attention needs to be on something else. It can become noise.

This leads me to another thought. In his book, The Music Lesson, Victor Wooten speaks about noise pollution. I looked it up. It’s a real thing. The EPA has this to say about it:

Noise pollution adversely affects the lives of millions of people. Studies have shown that there are direct links between noise and health. Problems related to noise include stress related illnesses, high blood pressure, speech interference, hearing loss, sleep disruption, and lost productivity.

Noise pollution impacts more than just people. According to Victor, it affects all things in nature.

So, today I’m grateful for my quiet time. It brings benefits beyond just being able to think my own thoughts. It reduces stress. It’s good for the old ticker. It’s good for my general productivity.

And that’s your gratitude for today…