I know on old man I do some maintenance on his house for from time to time who goes for a lengthy walk each morning.
Head down and stepping out, you’d think he’s lost in thought but what he’s actually doing is looking for change people have dropped.
Sounds a little peculiar doesn’t it? Yet I went to the bank with him not long ago to cash in his change – probably weighed twenty five pounds or so and totaled out to be around $680.
Not bad huh? And made me wonder how much money is laying around in streets and on sidewalks on a national level?
He told me people look at him like he’s homeless when he stoops to pick up a penny, nickel, or some other piece of change.
I replied the jokes on those who do as they aren’t the one whose collected nearly $700 in a year.
Lot of things people don’t notice, like the microcosms that exist all around us from that spiders web to something as simple as leaves along a riverbank.
Same with sounds, there so much of it in cities people tend to ignore it, and I can’t say as I blame them as the majority of it is either intrusive or meaningless.
Sound is different in the woods, in fact it’s different the minute you leave the city limits or the burbs.
It’s then you begin to notice the nuances, and how in the right environment sound will carry a long way – kind of like looking at the stars, too much ambient light in cities to really see and appreciate them – different in the country or in the mountains.
There they take on a life and clarity, it’s as though you can actually reach out and touch them. They’re no longer some distant pinprick of light but more like a friend.
I wouldn’t exactly advise people to walk around with their head down looking for change, but they might find it interesting if they actually became more aware of all things that compose their surroundings as they walk along the river of life.