Hi there disturbers,

Well, I have to say right up front that I am a bit of a Neil Diamond tragic, must be an age thing!

Neil Diamond wrote one of my favourite songs called ‘ It’s a Beautiful Noise”. It talks about the sounds of the street, the hustle and bustle of people, the sirens and the horns and although they can be loud and sometimes in your face, they have a certain beauty because they are what makes the world go around.

They represent who we are every day. They are a part of people communicating with each other. They display every emotion that a human can experience. They truly make a beautiful noise.

I know that sometimes we just want to escape and that is OK, but the lesson is not to resent the things that are such an important part of our life.

My office is on the fifth floor right on the corner of Collins and William Streets in Melbourne. Every day I experience the sounds of trams and taxis and fire engines, combined with telephones and people shouting and laughing, but I never stop to consider the significance of all of these sounds in my life. Rather, I often get annoyed at them.

I am so grateful for the privilege of being a part of this noise; the beautiful noise that makes up our world. It may seem such a small thing to be grateful for, but I am!

So, take the filters off and listen to the great sounds around you, because they are who you are.

Keep getting disturbed!

PS. Just as I finished writing this blog someone in my office did a massive sneeze. The timing could not have been more perfect – made me laugh which is always a good thing!

Des Penny

The Optimistic Disturber

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