Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thought I'd add my 2 cents-es....

...actually, uh..I mean senses..

On our morning walk today, I got to thinking about all of our senses and that I always use my sense of sight..

Well, not on the scale..then I just close my prayer...

And my sense of taste?  Well, yeeeeeaah..enough said...

But the one I was using today was the sense of hearing..

No earbuds, no loud singing..thinking..

The sounds of summer are coming!  Birds in the trees jabbering loudly...sprinklers as they hit the metal of the swing-set at the park..

The rooster across the street..

Kids laughing on their way to school..

Great sounds.

And then there's the sense of  touch {that is one of the senses... right??}

The wind was blowing some of the flowers off of the trees and one fell on my felt like a butterfly had softly landed on my cheek..

I found a rock that looked like a broken heart..picked it up and it was smooth a cool..

And a piece of wood that lookd just like 3/4 of a bird....well, it looked like a bird body and wing. It was missing the head.  But I figured out I can craft some sort of appropriate head..and he'll be good as new..ah, for a bird-impersonating piece of wood..

When I picked it up it was dry rough and had been in the sun.

And they both ended up in my pocket..and they will have a second life somewhere in my life..

How about you..are you using, appreciating and fully embracing all of your senses?  Try it..what you see, hear, taste and smell.....and feel.. may just amaze you..


PS..a few weird facts about your senses:

1. After eating too much, your hearing is less sharp. If you’re heading to a concert or a musical after a big meal you may be doing yourself a disservice. Try eating a smaller meal if you need to keep your hearing pitch perfect.

2. About one third of the human race has 20-20 vision. Glasses and contact wearers are hardly alone in a world where two thirds of the population have less than perfect vision. The amount of people with perfect vision decreases further as they age.

3. If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it. In order for foods, or anything else, to have a taste, chemicals from the substance must be dissolved by saliva. If you don’t believe it, try drying off your tongue before tasting something.

4. Women are born better smellers than men and remain better smellers over life. Studies have shown that women are more able to correctly pinpoint just what a smell is. Women were better able to identify citrus, vanilla, cinnamon and coffee smells. While women are overall better smellers, there is an unfortunate 2% of the population with no sense of smell at all.

5. Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents. While a bloodhound’s nose may be a million times more sensitive than a human’s, that doesn’t mean that the human sense of smell is useless. Humans can identify a wide variety of scents and many are strongly tied to memories.

6. Even small noises cause the pupils of the eyes to dilate. It is believed that this is why surgeons, watchmakers and others who perform delicate manual operations are so bothered by uninvited noise. The sound causes their pupils to change focus and blur their vision, making it harder to do their job well.

7. Everyone has a unique smell, except for identical twins. Newborns are able to recognize the smell of their mothers and many of us can pinpoint the smell of our significant others and those we are close to. Part of that smell is determined by genetics, but it’s also largely do to environment, diet and personal hygiene products that create a unique chemistry for each person.
huh....I did. not. know. that...


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Lucy said...

That's what I do when I can ever maneuver a week or so in the cabin on top of Mt. Graham. I just like to sit on the porch and read and listen to the trees, the ground... everything.

Breezy said...

Most people dont take the time to really listen to the sounds around them. Birds, children playing, laughter. We get so wrapped up in what we are doing we forget.
Great post Colleen!!


Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Totally cooool post! [I know, that sounds tooooo old Valley Girl, but...]

And identical twins have identical smells? Interesting. Of course, I think that everything about identical twins, is interesting.


Laurie said...

Yesterday I sat outside, closed my eyes, and listened. The birds were awesome, the wind in the trees, my windchime, all were a smorgasboard for my ears!

Laurie said...

I forgot to add, the geese flying so close overhead, you could hear their wings flapping, along with their honking. Then I watched the hawks overhead, riding the wind currents. It was the most peaceful hour I've spent in a long time. Great post Colleen!

Vee said...

Very interesting. Your descriptions were wonderful...I could imagine so easily what you were doing and hearing and seeing and feeling. Hope you'll share what you do with the bird.

Just Breathe said...

Those are interesting facts. Thank you for listing them. I need to sit outside, close my eyes and just listen. Have a wonderful weekend.

diane said...

An interesting post. I live with a bunch of musicians and they use the sense of hearing more often. The way kids learn is through different senses. Some learn best through their eyes, some their ears but most prefer to learn by touching or doing. At the moment I can hear rain falling, birds singing, the baby making sleep noises and the jug boiling for a cup of tea...yea! I can feel the cold Sydney weather brrrrr. Going home to the warm tomorrow.

Sue said...

Wow...what a great post! A super enjoyable read from start to finish. Love the way you described your walk and your appreciation of your senses and also loved the trivia facts that you added at the end.

Thank you!