Our house is located next to a busy street so we hear traffic sounds 23.14159265 hours a day. In order to reduce the noisy irritation, I pretend I’m in a different setting.
I imagine that my house is situated near the ocean. The traffic is really the sound of water hitting the shore interspersed with fog horns, barking sea lions and crashing waves. Periodically I hear ski jets and cruise ships passing by. I visually confirm my oceanside fantasy by interpreting the massive dust in the house as sea spray.
By placing myself in this tranquil environment, I’m able to tolerate the constant barrage and I’ve even reached a point where the noise isn’t that noticeable. Of course we’ve done other things as well such as putting up a fence and planting trees. We’ve even put a small fountain in our yard to compliment the ocean sounds. (In my mind it’s a mountaintop waterfall – sans mountain.)
I’ve gotten used to “living near the sea” and often wished for a view of the water. Well, you know the old saying – be careful what you wish for because you just might get it? Our neighbors installed a pool and I can see a little bit of it through the trees so – voilà! – I have a lake view!
It’s so nice to relax to the sounds of the ocean and the sight of a lake. Not many people have that luxury. I feel very lucky.
Isn’t imagination wonderful?
May the farce be with you!