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Music Saved Me Acoustic-5/29/16 Copyright 2015 by Judy Unger
When I was born, I was blessed with many gifts. I believe my greatest gifts were something that most people are born with and take for granted. I had five senses. I was aware how many people functioned without all five senses and felt fortunate to have my taste, sight, touch, smell and hearing.
As a child, I deeply appreciated my senses and was enchanted by the miracle of life. But as I grew older, I simply used my senses to navigate through the world in a practical way.
When I was younger, I savored life; tasting things I loved brought intense pleasure. As an adult, I didn’t really appreciate food because it became a replacement for affection. Eating helped to ease my stress and fill the empty spaces.
When I was younger, I used my eyesight to look closely at colors and details of nature; I marveled at the exquisite beauty of the world. Then I grew older and became too busy to notice much. My eyesight existed so I could see what was in front of me. I preferred not to see beauty because I felt sad that I never went to new places; it would depress me thinking of all the places I would never see.
When I was younger, I would look at clouds and distant landscapes and imagine what the sensation would be if I could actually touch them. As an adult, I didn’t want to remember touching or feeling. I did not have time to feel, because I was sad knowing how little I was touched. It was better not to feel pain, so I didn’t allow myself to feel anything.
When I was younger, I would inhale deeply and memories could be created and invoked with an aroma. When I grew older, I could not smell things well and I decided that was better. It eliminated bad odors and I preferred not to remember poignant past memories. Those memories made me sad because they reminded me of when I was happier.
When I was younger, I loved listening carefully to all the sounds around me. I delighted in the sounds of nature and heard music throughout my day. As an adult, sound was simply another word for noise. I hated much of the sound in my world and longed for peace and quiet. I did love the sound of laughter and especially loved my childrens’ voices. But unfortunately, a great deal of the time they were upset and it was not peaceful in our home.
It never occurred to me that my senses were something that would bless me again later in my life.
But it happened one day, when a single one of my senses elevated my life. It began with sound.
WHEN NOISE TURNED TO MUSIC . . .
Noise was dull; music was magical
Noise added stress; music was peaceful
Noise was irritating; music was uplifting
Noise made me empty; music filled me up
Noise was numbing; music was captivating
Noise caused confusion; music gave me clarity
Noise caused a headache; music soothed my heartache
When noise became music, my life completely transformed.
Gradually, each one of my other five senses were elevated.
But in order to elevate my other senses, I had to come to terms with avoiding pain and sad memories. I was required to make changes to my life.
And that’s exactly what I did.
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