Monday, July 18, 2011

Sensory Discernment

  Did today's title peak up your curiosity to want to read on?  I hope so.
Image result for mcdonalds  I was sitting in McDonald's the other day (a common occurrence) and started thinking about the din around me.  My ears were focused on all the many sounds blended together and I thought it would be interesting to see if I could sort them out in my head.  So even though I was munching on my burger and looking straight ahead, my mind was sifting through the various sounds that I was hearing.  To my right, two ladies were heavy into a conversation of gossip (where one of them was doing all the talking).  In front of me was the custodian dragging chairs on the floor while cleaning.  Behind me were the soda machine's solenoids making clicking noises as it releases soft drinks out with a gushing sound.  The sounds on my left were more difficult to pick out as there were more people involved and they were a bit farther away.  I could hear various voices as orders were being taken and orders being prepared along with occasional kitchen sounds of fry machines peeping when ready to yield it's contents; blenders making Flurries; as well as the coffee machinery making it's lattes.  Over my head are the speakers of the music system adding to the mix.
  It is kind of like an audio tapestry when you pick your way through what you hear.  Similar to visually trying to sort through a Where's Waldo? picture or a multi-coloured painting or photo.  I think it would be a real challenge to discern a mixture of tastes or smells or different textures under the finger tips.
  The World is a more interesting place when we experience it in three dimensions instead of two, in colour and not in black and white.  This can be done by simply having full communication with our senses thereby being more aware of what is around us.  This is coming from a guy who sometimes has to be hit over the head to get his attention!

How good is man's life, the mere living! How fit to employ all the heart and the soul and the senses forever in joy! - Robert Browning

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