Cone of Silence
|I haven't been blogging, debating or communicating much lately because I can't focus. This is based on two things I can't control, high blood sugar, which interferes with my concentration, and stress (which interferes with my blood sugar). But I realized recently that both of these things are tied to the one thing I never get enough of - quiet. In a house filled with people, the phone is always ringing, there are doors slamming, the washer and dryer are going, someone is at the door, and at least 2 TVs are always on. Plus, there are the requests. What's for lunch? Can you put my clothes in the dryer when they're done washing? Don't forget to call the doctor and make an appointment for me. And the household stuff. Bills, insurance renewal, we're out of milk, I only have 5 checks left and have to order some.
It never ends. So I'm trying to write about a subject the back of my mind is filled, the front of my mind is responding to stimuli and my blood sugar monitor is mocking me from 6 inches away. (I keep it on my desk so I'll remember to test).
Recently, I realized that when I can't sleep and I get up at 3 or 4 am, I am tremendously productive, probably because all of the external stimuli are absent. What I need is a cone of silence, the kind used in Get Smart. It would descend from the ceiling and surround me and my desk with perfect, impenetrable silence. Ideally, it would be opaque on the side exposed to visitor approach, so my kids could pound on a black featureless wall and I would not hear it, and eventually they would give up and do for themselves. Visitors, who are almost always Jehova's Witness, sales people who just finished a job at some neighbor's house who recommended they knock on my door, or my son's friends, would give up and go away. The phone would go unanswered and I could check the number log later and determine whether I wanted to call back. And my stress would be less, because I could concentrate and make more money.
My ceilings are pretty high. This could work.
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