One of my favorite things is when it rains during the night. I love to listen to the drops hit the trees and the roof as I fall asleep. I can listen to the rain and my mind slows down. In a word, it’s peaceful! So, I was surprised this morning when I woke up to this:
A rainy, drippy, droppy, sloppy morning! How could I have missed this? I could have slept really really good if I’d known this! I missed it because we usually sleep with a floor fan whirring. It makes good background noise.
Background noise. This is one of those can-be-good or can-be-bad things. If you need the noise to block out distractions, it can be good. But, if the noise is blocking out everything, it can be bad.
Background noise can come in all shapes and sizes. It can be the whining of a co-worker about working late this week. It can be the whaling of a toddler in the grocery store checkout line. It can be the nagging feeling that comes from a long to-do list. We can’t stop the background noises in our lives nor can we stop ourselves from listening to it. But, we can be aware of the impact it can have on our attitudes, outlooks and general disposition. Awareness is where action begins. So, if you can think of some background noise that is blocking out the good things around you, watch out. You’re about to miss out on your rain.