The Sounds Of Silence. But silence has become a scarce commodity in our culture. When people climb into their cars, they immediately reach for their cell phones and call someone. Maybe they're returning a business call or making contact with a family member. But whatever the reason for the call, the underlying theme is a need to fill that time on the road with something productive.
In the rare times between phone calls, there's always the radio or a CD to which we can listen. And some people have satellite radio, giving them a plethora of choices to fill the quiet.
I'm not a big one for talking on the cell phone while driving. It's hard enough for me to walk and chew gum at the same time, so, unless there's an urgent need to make a call, I concentrate on my driving. And recently I've begun to leave the radio or CD unplayed when I'm alone in the car. I'm enjoying the sounds of silence.
Often, I find my thoughts putting together fragmented ideas I've had earlier in the day. Sometimes a verse of Scripture pops into my head, and I can take the time to meditate on it. Often there are times when I hear a melody in my mind, with words that speak to me more clearly than anything that might come out of a loudspeaker.
What about you? Do you try to fill every waking hour with activity and sound? Or do you occasionally enjoy the silence?