Do You Hear What I Hear?

In school I was a good student…except for history and geography. These two subjects required a lot of reading…and for me “boring” reading. My eyes read the words, but I couldn’t retain them. I would cram for tests by reading the questions at the end of the chapters and searching for the quick answers and try to remember them. Sigh. I never scored above a C on those tests. But I laugh when I remember getting so engrossed in reading Bambi when I was in the fourth grade I didn’t hear the teacher calling me until the entire class burst into laughter!

At one of my jobs, the CEO decided to play “white noise” through speakers to keep workers focused on their jobs and detract from other conversations. I’ve used the same tactic by turning on a rather loud fan in my office to cover the sound of the television in the other room. I tune out the fan…sometimes…but sometimes the fan becomes a distraction. Sigh.

People say I’m a good listener. I’m not. I have too much white noise in my brain. I wonder what others see when I’m listening to them? Do my eyes look like the shutter of a camera where the shutter closes when I’m fading out and opens when I’m really listening?

Perhaps being a writer has attributed to my accumulation of white noise. I don’t know. I only know that I’m working on learning how to become a better listener. How about you? Do you hear what I hear?


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