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Our secretPosted Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at 9:27 AM
Suddenly committee meetings have become more tolerable. Suddenly meetings with certain people have become pleasant.
I've been hearing impaired since age fourteen. For decades each testing professional would declare that I had lost even more of my hearing but that they couldn't do anything to help. I became very good at reading lips; speakers would remark on how I had such good eye contact with them!
Then two years ago I heard those miraculous words that changed my life: "a new technology went on the market just four months ago and we think it will help." Indeed, I'm so happy to be wearing hearing aids that I don't even try to hide the chord coming out of my ears.
Six months ago my life changed again. Having to purchase a new cellular phone and obtaining one that allows me to carry hundreds of hours of recorded music, I went for my hearing aid check up and discovered that there is a blue-tooth device that allows me to drive and listen to the phone through my hearing aids. Even better, this same blue-tooth device allows me to listen to my recorded music through my hearing aids.
And others don't even know that I'm doing it!
Suddenly committee meetings have become more tolerable. Suddenly meetings with certain people have become pleasant. I still hear what is being said around me. However, my attention is on the music.
This is our secret! Don't tell on me!
In effect, this is the same reframing that happens with the spiritual journey. Life can be very mundane. From time to time, life will even throw you a curve and bring tragedy or hard times. Yet sometimes you discover that there is ... more going on than what you are "hearing" around you. You find ways of tapping into hope and a sense of wellbeing and even what some label as being a higher consciousness. One wise person even described it as "listening to the music of the ages."
I don't know if that wise person also had an iPhone 4S. In fact, I doubt it. But with newfound certainty I'm sure that wise person had made a choice to become attentive. The skill is in finding ways of becoming aware of more than what is simply happening in the here and now. In fact, all of us have that same kind of choice even if we aren't wearing hearing aids. We can reframe how we look upon our experiences in life. We can tap into the "hear and now."
Remember though, it's our secret.
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P.T. Wilson is the senior pastor at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, Greencastle, and is also the University Chaplain at DePauw University.