Monday, March 29, 2010

Day 176

When a possum howls can anyone hear it? Of course they can. That’s not the saying. When a possum screams in the night does a tree fall? No. That’s not it either. When a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it does it actually fall? Nope. Oh, I know, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it does it actually make a sound? Is that it? Getting closer I think …

But I’m not actually wanting to write about trees. Or possums. Although the “pet” possums in my backyard are horrendously noisy. Are they fighting? Or is it love … and parties … and a bit of naked rugby that’s the source of the howls? It’s definitely not chess that’s for sure. Derek has taken to spraying them with the hose when the possum disco gets too out of control. We love our wildlife and we nurture all things great and small (and furry) but an all night rave is just too much for deep fried fruit to handle ….

But I digress. We were talking about whether if there is a sound with no ears around to hear it if the sound actually exists at all. The answer apparently is no. There is no sound without ears. Sound is a process that only occurs in the ear and brain. Isn’t that fascinating?! I know there is a life lesson in this somewhere, and I was actually going somewhere with it, but I got confused with the whole possum thing.

Oh, that’s right. I was going to talk about what you hear versus what people actually say and knowing that without your ears actually being there their ramblings are actually moot (and mute I guess). Your reaction to the spoken word validates it. So if someone says something that would normally hurt you or upset you, and you just ignore it, then you’ve taken the power away. If you don’t hear it then it doesn’t exist!! Am I right? No. Maybe not. But there is a life lesson in there somewhere …. Don’t worry I’ll find it.


  1. I think that you're right, it goes with the saying that people can only hurt you if you let them. So they bitch about you and upon hearing it you have z choice to either allow it to effect you or to ignore as the bs that it is. Once you choose to ignore it (which isn't easy) then you take the power away from their words making them moot. I didn't know that about noises either, thanks for the early morning lesson :)

  2. I tell myself this same thing all the time: Their words only hurt me if I LET them. But sometimes, words can be really cruel, can't they? I think I just need to toughen up a bit and not be so sensitive! (Easier said than done!!)

  3. So, are the possums bitching about you? I like the idea of spraying them with the hose. I must try that.

    Back to the real point: people can only hurt you if you let them. I think that is similar to choosing not to hear them.


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