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This has been a personal project to blog every day for a school year on goals and dreams. My hope was that I could find a group of people to work with me.
I was lucky enough to find a small, but sincere group of inspirational people to keep me company. We've been using Walt Disney's philosophies or creations as inspiration.
I am no longer blogging daily, but I am notified if comments are posted, and I'll be happy to keep the discussion going!
art by A.Daley
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Home #6- 15 minutes to listen.
OK, here is today's 15 minutes. We are still on our first theme room. Here's the Disney Principle.
What sounds do you hear in your theme area? Do they support or interfere with the atmosphere that you are trying to create? Can you do anything about this?
Walt and his imagineers took great care to make sure that what you hear is consistent with the theme of each area. The sounds seamlessly blend as you walk from theme to theme, so you notice a change in your mood and you immediately become immersed in the theme without consciously knowing why.
Sit for a few minutes in your theme area with your eyes closed. Then write down what you hear. If there are distracting sounds, is there something you can do about them?
OK, can I tell you that my particular theme room is in a nighmare spot. I love right on a highway so I can have zoning for my occupational therapy private practice in my house. That is great for the 6 step commute, but it is AWFUL for the noise. As I listened, all I could hear was cars speeding by and even worse, trucks and the occasional speaker on wheels. I can actually FEEL the vibrations when I concentrate.
On a tangent, that worries me, because there have been some studies on auditory processing disorders that found a correlation between decreased processing for certain sound frequencies that are regularly tuned out because of constant annoying noise. They found that the brain may develop a switch to tune out these frequencies in all situations.Also, there is the obvious fact that a noisy room can be distracting.
Anyway, here is what I've been doing in this particular room to combat the noise.
First, I am rarely in this room during rush hour traffic, which makes a HUGE difference. I would honestly go nuts if I this room were not my bedroom. I don't even need an alarm clock-the traffic wakes me up with the windows closed. So, my one strategy is to use this room at the best times for quiet.
I also have a loud air conditioner that screens the noise. I have a white noise machine that I use alot.
I use the TV alot to screen the noise, but that creates its own background distraction.
I don't really have any radio in here. I'm thinking of maybe moving one into the room.
OK, let's hear your noise list and what you can do about it. Remember, you are still focusing on that one first theme room.
Have a fun day!
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