I got a new pair of hearing aids, and a new world of sounds has opened to me!
I wore ‘em outdoors during a walk on my 10,000-steps-a-day journey, and the first thing I noticed was the sound of birds chirping merrily in the trees I walked under. They had to have been communicating with each other because as soon as one stopped chirping, another one seemed to follow up in response.
It reminded me of St. Francis of Assisi and how he gave a sermon to the birds asserting all creatures were but children of the Divine and that we should care for each other. (Tap the link on St. Francis’s name for the sermon.)
I also felt the birds urging me on to continue my walk outside to stay in shape and take in the beautiful sun and slight breezes.
And as I continued my jaunt, I noticed that there were more sounds around my town. One of them was that of a large trash truck gently moving up the street where I live. Trash truck workers jumped off the rear of the vehicle and helped bring trash cans to what I call the mouth of the truck.
There a device mechanically hooks up with the trashcan and lifts it from the ground and then pours its contents into the belly of the truck to mix in with trash that had been collected earlier.
It reminded me of how civilized we have become and that we have designated our government here in Conshohocken some 14 miles outside of Philadelphia to pick up trash twice a week and recycle once a week.
Next, I focused on the sound of a train as it made its way not far from the Schuylkill River. I am not sure what direction the train was moving, but it had a soothing and melodic sound to it, reminding me that commerce to help society was being transported routinely and on time despite the problems facing us today.
It felt good and gratifying to hear sounds amplified again. You should try focusing on ‘em the next time you are in the great outdoors!