I have made myself a volume knob. It is invisible and only for me, but every time I use it, I feel infinitely better. In my mind I can turn down the too-loud talker, the obnoxious music, the co-workers droning on about nothing at all.
Just a moment’s peace where I don’t have to pretend that I’m interested, come up with a clever answer or that the noise of life is not drilling a hole in my head. Sometimes I actually find myself with my hand in the air, turning the knob all the way to the left and basking in the imaginary silence.
The real trick is to remember that it goes both ways. My knob is not just something to tune out the world. I can also crank the volume when I hear my kids giggle and my husband tell me that he loves me. That one is a little harder to turn, but I’m working on it.
Do you have your own version of a volume knob? What have you turned up or tuned out lately?