More Notes About the Sounds of Silence
Happy Wednesday! I want to thank you all for putting up with me this week. I'm still recovering from Laryngitis and wonder if maybe I came back to work too soon. I know I don't sound like I usually do but hopefully I'll get back to normal soon.
It was such a strange experience being silent for a week, first to have no ability to physically make any sound; then to be on doctor-ordered vocal rest. To not be able to use the thing (my voice) that I am so used to using...well, it made me realize some things:
- It made me listen more. I wasn't planning any witty comebacks or follow up questions. I just listened.
- I did not have music or TV on in the background. It's like my ears got used to the quiet and I quite liked the peacefulness!
- It felt lonely at times. At moments when I felt alone I couldn't just pick up the phone and call someone. That was a bummer.
- When I was out running errands, I felt rude not making conversation with people at stores, the bank, etc. I'm used to engaging with the people who are helping.
- Writing messages was helpful but it takes so much more time than speaking. To all the people I "conversed" with by using my pen and paper, thank you for your patience!
- Video chatting was helpful so people could read my lips.
- Facebook is a great way to get sympathy and support.
- Facebook is also a nice way to get some quick advice. That's where I learned about the healing powers of Apple Cider Vinegar.
- Apple cider vinegar and honey added to a cup of hot water actually makes for a very soothing drink. It's my new favorite thing. And I never would have discovered it had I not gotten sick.
During on of YOUR leaves from work, did you make any interesting discoveries or overcome any challenges out of necessity? Please share in the Comments section.