The Sound of Gravel

I’ve always liked the sound of gravel under my feet. It reminds me of a BBC mystery, a walk on a blustery fall day, or running across a playground. But most of all, the sound of gravel has always represented for me the concept of  progression towards a goal. People who are treading slowly but surely towards their objective (or those who are running headlong towards it) can use the sound as an encouragement. With each footfall you know you are further along than you were before. With each new step you get new resolve and audible evidence of your progress.

In this ultimate journey called life, what is your “sound?” What is it that reminds you of your successes? What keeps you going and encourages you? Everyone’s sound is different and makes itself known in a different way.

It could be:

  • Your spouse or partner: Any good partner should be supportive and encouraging to you. If they are always bring you down or causing you grief maybe they aren’t relationship material.
  • Your family and friends: Like a partner, your friends and family can help guide you, give you good advice, and, if they aren’t supportive, be at the very least an example of what not  to do.
  • A lofty goal to which you aspire. These kinds of goals can inspire us to great heights and places we never thought we could go.

Whatever it is that reminds you to keep making progress, love others, and be a better person every day, be sure that it is something that you can be proud of. Don’t choose money, popularity, or stuff as your benchmark. These things when used in such a way have a tendency of eating up your life and becoming not a sound that helps you, but a thunderous din that makes you unable to grow. Find an uplifting “sound” that brings you joy and is wholesome in and of itself.

If you have found this idea of sound interesting, let me know what your thoughts are. Also if you can identify any sounds in your life that act as encouragements to you please share them!!

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2 thoughts on “The Sound of Gravel

  1. Pop

    A breeze… sighing, blustering, sometimes whispering through a forest has often brought my spirit to the end of myself, and to the threshold of something greater. As a child it was
    this listening experience I would happily indulge for hours. Energizing, uplifting, soothing, compassionate, and caressing are just a few of the adjectives we may use to describe that
    force we call Wind. An intimate,universal metaphor for Life, as well as the Life-Giver.

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