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Journaling Prompt #6 – Observing Life’s Melodies

June 18th, 2008 by Avital

This is the forth entry in the observation series. The first one was about observing people. The second about observing the environment and the third was about observing food. This week’s prompt is about observing music.

The music we hear everyday blends seamlessly into our daily routine, so it is easy to miss it or even to refer to it as “noise” rather than music.

However this music can be beautiful, if you just take notice. It offers a symphony of sounds, differing in depth and in length, different tones echoing each other in harmony, or sometimes in disharmony which grabs your attention – whether you like it or not.

Have you ever stopped your daily havoc and tried to listen for a few minutes? Listen to the twitter of the birds. Listen to the winds blowing powerfully or the rain hitting the pavement rhythmically. Have you ever listened to the chatter coming out of your window or the highly pitched sound of enthusiastic children playing outside? Have you ever paid special attention to the sound of cars, trucks and motorcycles passing by the street and the different sound each vehicle produces. Have you ever stopped and paid attention to the wonderful melodies of life?

This week’s prompt is to take 15 minutes off of your busy day and take heed.

Relax, shut off the voices that are always rushing you through the day and listen. Pay attention to the different sounds that surround you each day without being noticed.

Today you will notice and you are going to write your impressions down. Make your writing colorful and full of all the emotions the sounds evoke. Try to encourage your reader with your writing to take a 15 minutes break as well and to listen. What sounds grabs your attention first? What sounds are the most beautiful and harmonic and which are just destructing?

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2 Comments to “Journaling Prompt #6 – Observing Life’s Melodies”

  1. Andrea says:

    Just as I was reading your prompt, the water heater switched on. I know this noise too well, I listen to it more often than I would like to. Though it’s not very loud, it is annoying. It comes in the apartment through the closed doors and windows, you can hear it in all the rooms, you can’t escape this ongoing, monotonous sound.
    When one of its parts broke down, the fan on top (which makes the noise) was going on for days. It was almost unbearable, I tried to spend as little time at home as possible. When it was fixed, and it stopped at last, I felt relieved. But I still heard it in my ears for a while..

    • Avital says:

      I can definitely understand, but this IS one of life’s melodies. It might be an annoying one, but it is nice of you to have observed that.