Have you ever thought about those things you do or do not like to hear? In some ways it defines who you are, at least in part. I came across a list I made years ago of things I do and do not like to hear! I found it enlightening actually, and even though the list was made years ago, the list is still pretty accurate. So here’s my list---not in any particular order…..
I love: I cannot stand:
1. Coyotes howling at night 1. Christmas song: Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer
2. Alan Jackson: “Where Were You When 2. Foul language
The World Stopped Turning?”
3. Rain on a tin roof 3. Fingernails on a chalkboard
4. The Walton’s 4. Dog’s incessant barking
5. Southern Gospel Music 5. Arguing on political debate shows
6. Christmas song: Silent Night 6. Children arguing
7. “Amazing Grace” played on bag pipes 7. Lies
8. Babies laughing 8. Amplifiers squealing
9. Children playing 9. The sound of dishes breaking
10. Water running in a stream 10. Rap music
Now, noting all those listed, I’d make a few changes, but mostly it still holds true. But as I study the list, I wonder what it says about me. I see children and music dominating! I also see the preference of non-aggression (The Walton’s, dislike of arguing, lies and foul language); and I see an appreciation for nature (rain, stream and coyotes!)
Have you ever thought about what your likes and dislikes say about you? I have a friend who loves to write, and honestly writes very well. But he knows me, and tells me I must not read his work! He knows his work would offend me, given the language and content of the material. It’s filled with aggressive behavior and violence; a very compelling book for today’s young people, especially young men.
As much as I support other authors, it concerns me this kind of material is in such demand. It alarms me this is what our ears want to hear. We not only hear with our ears, we hear with our hearts. What is more, what we put in our hearts, is how we live our lives.
There are studies on both sides of the fence about watching violence and even playing or participating in the video games that flood the market with violence and evil. Some contend it matters not what children play or see. Others, like myself, believe it absolutely has an impact on what our young people think, believe and how they behave.
I challenge you to make your own list of at least ten likes and dislikes of those things you like to hear. What does your likes and dislikes say about you? Is it a list that demonstrates anger, aggression, violence and those things that are less than kind? Or do you see yourself as gentle, non-aggressive and peaceful? Do you like what you see? Or better yet, does your heart like what you hear?