#AtoZChallenge — Quiet

This post is part of the April A to Z Blogging Challenge, where I am challenging myself to reflect on other A to Z posts that I come across.


19TH APRIL’18 – A TO Z CHALLENGE – LETTER ‘Q’

https://viewsofpreethib.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/19th-april18-a-to-z-challenge-letter-q/
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I am not very good at quiet. When I’m writing, cooking, cleaning the house, doing just about anything, I need something on in the background in order to concentrate. Sometimes it’s music, but more often it’s tv shows like Friends, That 70’s Show, Great British Baking Championship, etc. When I’m in the car I have audiobooks playing, and when I’m out for a walk I put my earbuds in and listen to audiobooks or call my Grandma to chat.

At night, unless I’m really tired, I have a hard time falling asleep because when it’s quiet, my thoughts are very loud.

But one kind of quiet I’m good at is sharing companionable silence with my partner. We’re together pretty much all the time, which, between my current unemployment and my partner’s part time job, really is most of our waking hours. It’s been that way since… we’ll, since a month or two after we met, really, minus the time he spent studying in London. The way we avoid driving each other bonkers is by allowing ourselves to still do our own things a lot of the time, just in each other’s company.

Which is why I also like this Quiet haiku by S. M. Saves.

There are many kinds of quiet, and all of them are important. I do need to get better at the “quiet in nature” and “quiet in my own mind” kinds, but I’ve known that for as long as I’ve been trying to get back into meditating regularly.

What kinds of quiet are you good at?

#AtoZChallenge — Peacock

This post is part of the April A to Z Blogging Challenge, where I am challenging myself to reflect on other A to Z posts that I come across.

What did I do today? Well, the first thing I did was skim through

Peacock – Indian National Bird #AtoZchallenge

https://shilpanairy.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/peacock-indian-national-bird-atozchallenge/
— Read on shilpanairy.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/peacock-indian-national-bird-atozchallenge/

The first time I saw a peacock was at some winery in Northern California, where they wandered freely in the area around the tasting room. I was young enough that I couldn’t drink wine but old enough that I was bored.

Peacocks are loud. Alarmingly loud. Very pretty, but I jumped half out of my skin every time they called.

I didn’t know they were the national bird of India. I haven’t done any particular research on peacock symbolism (yet) so this post was really cool to come across.