Grateful for a pressure washed patio and new – old sawhorse coffee table, I sat outdoors to enjoy my first coffee. With phone in hand.
As I did a little endless scrolling on my phone, I noticed I was just getting more anxious rather than enjoying a peaceful start of the day. So when I got up to grab a 2nd cup of coffee, I left the phone inside the house this time.
The 2nd experience was entirely different from the first in every sense of the word.
I heard random birds in full song.
The buzzing of something buzzing by.
The flap of the neighbour’s clothes on the line. (who else loves that sound?)
The sound of a vehicle off to some destination. Where are they off to?
Someone chopping wood. (or maybe they were putting an end to their noise-inducing phone…)
An airplane… I wonder where they are going?
A truck pulling some big clunky trailer. What are they building?
Funny. None of those sounds existed when I was on the phone.
But then the silence got noisy. Too much ‘still’ gives you more time to think! Which wasn’t what I intended. I’ll deal with all that later.
So I closed my eyes this round, and focused hard on just sounds. Which took a little practice.
But once the quiet finally set in, the sounds were magical and beautiful. Non demanding. Nature filled. Some noise people driven, but in a pleasant way. Those sounds didn’t challenge me to think hard. They didn’t question me. They didn’t make me make choices.
Those sounds just allowed me to just be with my coffee, my cozy blanket, and the cool morning sunshine. No questions asked.
Welcome back, outdoor patio with nature filled soundtrack. You have been missed!
How do you generally start your day?