Yesterday afternoon CC was again itching to go outside after his two morning naps. I was getting bored of my usual walking routes so that day I decided to change it up a bit. I had a craving for boba, so I decided to do a loop through campus and then make a stop at the Sweetheart Cafe in the Asian Ghetto to satisfy my craving. Before heading out I remembered to grab my trusty little mp3 player, on which I had just uploaded some messages from a recent meeting for young people serving ones. After sticking the ear buds in, I set out once again on yet another pedestrian adventure with CC in the stroller.
By the time I reached campus, I was lost in a reverie. My attention was so focused on what I was listening to that I was almost oblivious to the things around me. It’s amazing that just by putting two little things in your ears (or one, if you have a bluetooth like Larry), you can create your own little world while walking down the street. While walking through campus, I looked around and realized that almost everyone had things in their ears. It was as if everyone was in their own audio bubble, unaware of their surroundings. As one guy walked past me, I tried to guess what he was listening to. Was he lost in a concert hall enjoying the last movement of one of Mozart’s concertos? Or was he jamming away to some rock band I probably have never heard of? Or was he just reviewing some boring class lectures? It could have been any of those, or none. I guess that’s the beauty of these ear buds; you can be in public, but yet hide in this world created by sound which no one can see.
Whatever we take in through our eyes and ears is what feeds our soul. These little ear buds we stick into our ears are like IVs that are pumping a steady stream of either healthy or not so healthy food into our mind. In this age of health consciousness, with people stressing over if the food they eat is organic, fat-free, cholesterol-free… how many of those people have the same concern when it comes to what goes into their ears? May the Lord shine on all the things that we allow our soul to feed on.
I went back to listening to the message and made a mental note that I should upload more healthy food on to my mp3 player. Now I have the entire radio broadcast for the Life-study of Isaiah on it. I’ve been trying to make it a habit to listen to a program while I’m doing the dishes, folding the laundry, etc. My soul and spirit are starting to feel healthier already.