Cacophony of Silence

Have you ever been annoyed by endless rambling of a colleague at work, or the hammers and bangs of construction outside your office window, or the nonstop rabble and screams and laughter of children playing in another room?  Imagine if you could no longer hear those sounds.  It all seems like noise, and maybe some of it is.  But if you stop and listen for a moment, perhaps you will be able to hear the sounds of life happening all around you.

I often find myself missing the cacophony of my children when all I can hear is the deafening silence of their absence.