The hurly-burly of life seems to push you into movement: move faster, move quicker, move without stopping. Go, go, go! People seem to pass by in a blur, as does the environment. Pause. Take a breath. Breathe in. Then listen.

Listen to the sound of the birds chirping in the trees. Listen to the sound of the leaves rustling in the trees. Listen to the sound of children at play. The sound of laughter as two friends meet. The sound of cheering others in a game. The sound of music as someone masters an instrument. The sounds coming from the kitchen as dinner is prepared. The sound of a loved one telling you of their day.

Listen and become aware of your surroundings. Listen and pull away from the constant blur of modern life.

Listen. You never know what you might hear.

What do you hear when you listen?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013