I ride public transit to my school. Part of my route takes me downtown. A funny thing happens often downtown. There will be a restaurant , completely closed, but its music system is still on. The system has programmed the music that would be playing if the restaurant was open. But the restaurant is not open, it’s 6:30 in the morning, and the music is loud. It’s a strange site, hearing thumping upbeat music while seeing the morning mood of the people downtown. Trust me, the mood and the music are not the same. Just about everyone wants that music off. “Unnecessary audio”, as one bus rider put it.
We have a lot of audio going on in our lives. Some of it is beyond our control, like that broken music system. But much is in our control, unnecessary audio. Much of the audio in our head is negative. Clinical research even has a term, the “nocebo effect“, meaning adverse health effect created by negative expectations. Obviously we should work to take control of the negative thoughts we believe. We can decide what thoughts we want to listen to. We can decide, although difficult, if our audio inputs are positive or negative. We can even decide, if at times, we want silence.
Today, decide on your audio. What’s one thing you can listen or not listen to?