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Recently, while out walking with my husband, we encountered a friend heading in our direction.  He stopped to talk, first taking out his ear buds, and then moments later having finished our chat, resumed his walk, ear buds firmly reinstated.

I couldn’t help thinking that while he was probably listening to some great tunes; he was missing out on a whole other song that was playing
that fine morning.

  • A cat meowing in the laneway
  • Young road hockey players yelling ‘car’
  • A neighbour calling out hello to another neighbour
  • One baby giggling in a stroller
  • Another  baby crying in a stroller
  • A mother’s reassuring voice to her twins
  • The car horn as one driver acknowledged another’s mistake
  • The beeping sound the stoplight made when it was our turn to cross
  • A little boy asking his mom if he could play at the park
  • The songbirds in the trees above
  • A passenger shouting out his thanks to the driver for holding the bus
  • The rattle of the chains on the park swings
  • The sound a seagull made overhead
  • The soft rustle of the wind through the trees
  • The sound of laughter coming from the daycare windows
  • The senior thanking the teen for holding the bank doors open
  • The swinging sound of a metal ‘for sale’ sign
  • The whistling of another passerby
  • The rolling wheels  of a senior’s walker
  • The waves crashing against the boardwalk
  • The jingling of change in our pockets
  • A puppy’s bark at the sight of a squirrel
  • The sounds our footsteps made on the gravel path
  • The grocery service driver ringing a doorbell
  • The sound of gratitude for a beautiful morning’s walk




  1. Posted March 29, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    Thank you LInda for a lovely pause in my day. Your words paint a vivid picture of your walk and I was eased into the images as if I was on the walk also. A keen observation of how much we can miss when we are not in the present. Well done!

  2. Carol
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    This is so true Linda… I just said to someone today that “if we all listened through our hearts and not through our heads” life would be so much more satisfying.

  3. Lisa
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    Thanks Linda for your wonderful post. It is those beautiful sounds that have drawn me back to making walking a priority. The tips you shared with me the last time we spoke have stayed with me, and I have a few different places on my route that I now take time to just pause and say what I am grateful for today. After all, today is all we really have! Thanks for being an amazing woman and friend.

  4. Johanna
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    An early morning walk must be the most peaceful thing to release stress, its’s like going to the spa!
    How lucky are you if you can see and hear:)
    Love your stories

  5. Delaney
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    A lovely reminder to be present.
    …and the silence between the sounds is where the true music of our lives is playing.

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