Deafening Silence – Stop and Listen

Deafening Silence – Stop and Listen

Have you ever imagined or experienced the inability to hear sound? How does it feel like to be unable to listen to your favorite song on the radio? How about hearing the sweet voice of your beloved one? If you have ever experienced any of the situations mentioned, I can’t say that I would understand or feel what you feel. I’m not saying this to mock anyone, I’m saying this because I am thankful every day for the privilege of using my senses to full extent.

Attending Special Olympics

I recently attended an event with my wife, that brought children from the local school to participate in Special Olympics. These kids were part of the special education group, and all of them had some form of disability; sight, hearing, vocal and cognitive impairment. This event was organized by the local department of tourism, in cooperation with a few non-profit organizations from the area.

It was organized with a goal of providing these children with an opportunity to experience something unique. Various groups of kids were tasked to perform at this event in different ways. Cognitively impaired kids performed a dance routine, sight impaired kids sang and the vocal and hearing-impaired kids played various instruments to create music.

Surge of Emotions

The head teacher walked out on the stage and announced that the following group will perform two songs, playing instruments like xylophone, drums, cymbals and others. After they all walked out and took their position, the teacher announced that they were deaf and mute. Even though I knew what this event was about, I can’t say that I was ready for what ensued.

They started playing like any other marching band, following the directors’ swings of a stick. The surge of emotions was overwhelming and I was lost for words. They provided people in attendance something that they may never have. Joy of hearing a beautiful song that evokes happiness with every strike of the instrument. Being a music enthusiast, I became more aware of the privileges that I got to experience daily.


Patience to Understand

How do they achieve such organized experience? What kind of patience is required for their teachers to get to do this? How many countless hours of hard work did they go through?

Even now, as I am writing this, I am unable to comprehend the extent of the efforts that were put into organizing these kids. One of my major goals in life is to have patience. Patience to understand that what I have should be cherished and that I need to be thankful for everything I got.

We sometimes do not get to see the other side of life, where people don’t dare look into. That side should be not be feared of, but respected. These kids were given a chance to do something in their life. They were shown that there’s more to life. Most importantly, they were treated as equally as the others.

Stop and Listen

We live in a world full of judgement, hatred and rejection. Instead of looking on how to judge others, we should consider how we can help those who are less fortunate. Next time when you hear your favorite song or the voice of your loved ones, imagine how would it feel like being unable to hear it ever again.

Remind yourself that you have been given a chance to do good, so next time when you get an opportunity to help others, go ahead and do it. Respect the ability to hear and speak, and use those abilities to do good. If you ever catch yourself being alone in a quiet room, stop for a moment and listen to the deafening silence.

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John Todorovic

Experienced hospitality general manager, professional speaker, event host and an aspiring writer and author. He enjoys mentoring, coaching and developing teams and individuals who are seeking to improve their communication and leadership skills. As a restless knowledge seeker, he loves acquiring new knowledge on daily basis through various types of research techniques.

This Post Has 28 Comments

  1. I honestly wish that we(human beings) were able to look past each other’s differences and just embrace each other as we are. We are not blessed with everything but we are blessed with things that others are not and vice versa, sight and the ability to hear as well as other senses are things that we take for granted. This post reminds us not to, it reminds us to be grateful for them and at the same time practice compassion towards those that lack them. Great post!

    1. Being grateful should be practiced on a daily basis. Thank you for sharing your insight.

  2. This is heartwarming and should hit right through everyone’s soul. The indifference should stop as compassion and understanding be nortured and flourished. Thanks for sharing to us this story.

    1. Little compassion can go a long way. I am thankful for your appreciative words.

  3. We take some of the most wonderful things for granted. And yet – the lack of one does not mean our life should be incomplete. Lovely post!

    1. We can and should take the first step in making a difference. Thank you for enjoying the post.

  4. This post is my favorite so far today. I have a heart for the deaf, and so often people do not have patience or understanding. When I worked retail long ago and had a deaf group come to the store, it took me aback how appreciative they were that I even made the effort to communicate with them. I sign but am not fluent. How sad is it that there were people who were happy about something so simple as that someone stopped to make an effort to communicate? Thank you for sharing your experience and your heart. Maybe it will touch someone and help them think about how they treat someone who may be different from them. That is something that we might all be able to do more.

    1. Simple things can make our world a wonderful place. I appreciate your kind words.

  5. Absolutely brilliant post!

    1. Thank you enjoying the read.

  6. Often people tend to ignore but that us certainly not the right attitude. All we need is some compassion.

    1. Attitude can be adjusted with a few simple steps. We do need that compassion. Thank you for your feedback.

  7. Too often, people pass up perfect opportunities to do good. It could be a simple as helping out a neighbor instead of complaining about their grass needing cut. Or even just buying someone a cup of coffee could do so much for that person. If more people could just focus for a bit on others instead of our own issues, life would truly be a better place.

    1. True. I hope that people would lighten up sometimes, because helping others in the simplest manner would make our environment enjoyable. Thank you for sharing the thoughts.

  8. This is such a pleasant and compassionate read! I truly enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I am grateful for your thoughtful words. Thank you.

  9. A little bit of gratitude goes a long way! Great Post!

  10. Loved it. This is heartwarming and I really enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing such post.

    1. Thank you for taking time to read the post. 🙂

  11. This post is very touching. I think in general, humanness always wins out when it comes to embracing each other’s differences. I’ve never been one to judge another person–not for their religious beliefs, their sexual orientation, or otherwise; however, some people have such an intolerance to those different than they are that they can’t get past the closed-mindedness. My deepest hope is that I will always accept people as they are and that I’ll learn to listen more than speak.

    1. I couldn’t have said it better Kristi. Your thoughts are well appreciated.

  12. That is probably my main focus this year, appreciating what I have and taking nothing for granted ! People are out here doing amazing things with less! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks Anissa. We need to recognize and acknowledge the effort of everyone making it.

  13. It’s amazing how many blessings we take for granted every day. Even after over a year of listing things that I am grateful for ever day, my vision and sense of hearing and taste and touch rarely come up

    1. I completely agree Matthew. Sometimes we fail to acknowledge things that are right in front of us. Thank you for your input.

  14. Stories like this always amaze me. Recently, I also read a story about a blind guy who travels the world on his own. We often take for granted the things we do have while complaining and yearning for the things we don’t have.

    1. It’s amazing how many things happen without us being aware of them. Thank you for sharing your thoughts Herlina.

  15. it is always a humbling experience being in a presence of people who struggle more in life than the rest of us who are more fortunate, yet they still have the will to thrive, positivity, compassion and even better sense of humour..
    I absolutely agree with you that we should appreciate more the things we mostly taken for granted and do something good with it..
    Always love your writing 🙂

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