Noise. Such a pesky thing to be surrounded by. The kind we have not created ourselves, that is.
Can you relate? As my grandmother used to say, “sound pollution” has become a constant in our lives. It’s almost unescapable.
The intentional life requires not just intention, but consistent execution of such crafted aim in order to obtain the desired results.
At the smallest opportunity, unsolicited sounds might attempt to permeate deep into the soul, influencing behavior and state of mind.
May I suggest earplugs and/or noise isolating earphones? I use both, usually two thirds of the day. It’s amazing how sounder sleep becomes, how deeper the mind can focus and how easier creativity flows.
We should seek to guard our eardrums with great zeal. After all, not everything that is audible will be valuable.