I’m not the kind of person who desperately needs life around me to be quiet. I do prefer the overall volume in my house to be somewhat quiet, even considering that I live with four boys; but complete quiet is not a requirement.
When I’m doing housework, running, or driving, I like to listen to Dave Ramsey. When I’m working on a project (like backing up tens of thousands of photos to CDs, hard drives, and Shutterfly) I prefer to listen to background music. I rarely have absolute quiet.
I do have a major pet peeve, though. I do NOT like to have a conversation while the TV is on. I would rather have a conversation than see any show, so if one of my family members wants to talk, we must mute the television. If I’m working on a project and two different forms of media are going simultaneously, I begin to twitch. Okay, not really, but I can’t stand to have to hear the TV and a radio, or an iPod and Matt’s computer (he often watches news clips online). Two different audios at once bugs me but other than that, noise is fine.
Today, however, I completely appreciated the silence I had between 4:15 and 4:45. A fellow Starbucks/coffee lover returned to Wiesbaden with a treat for me and during my time of stillness, I enjoyed a cup of Pumpkin Spice coffee. No Dave, no music, no TV, no Facebook (well, not much Facebook). Just me, coffee, and a ticking clock.
As I sat with my fall coffee, on a day that felt like fall, having a 6 mile run behind me, with the boys playing and Parker asleep, I was in heaven. All the frustrations of my morning decluttering session melted away to the sound of my clock ticking. It was soothing and so needed. I go to bed rejuvenated and ready for tomorrow’s demands… and it helps that I just spent five hours with girlfriends over a nice German meal and a small cup of Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Really helps.