Sound sound

What is the most beautiful sound in the world?  I’m sure each person has his/ her own opinion on the matter.

I was walking along the path next to a storm-water control pond one evening last autumn.  A middle-aged couple walking, hand-in-hand, towards me, stopped and asked, “Are you here for the frogs, too?”  I didn’t understand what they meant, and smiled stupidly.  They took it as a Yes, and said, “It’s beautiful, isn’t it?  We come here every evening to listen to the frog chorus”.  I still didn’t understand what they meant, smiled affably, and continued on.  I couldn’t see how the croakings of some ornery amphibians could be beautiful.

The need for peace and beauty is a basic need.  Shira White, founder of Beautiful Now, was ‘in a dark place’, emotionally.  After a series of disasters she ‘slumped into a pile of negativity’.  As she looked around for support and encouragement she concluded: ‘no news is good news’.  That is, until one day, sitting on the edge of her bed, she happened to look up in time to see a “beam of sunlight shoot through the glass wall in my new master bathroom, hit the malachite vanity top, stripe across, curling over the edge and down the cabinet, across the Arabascato floor, licking its way up the curvy side of the bathtub, and higher to a fuschia-blossomed orchid sitting on top of the sidewall”.  She decided the answer was to focus on beauty and find at least one beautiful thing every day – and to capture it.   What she discovered was that once she started looking, there was beauty happening everywhere.  If only we stopped long enough ‘to smell the roses’!  Check out her web site:

Beautiful Now conducts competitions in different categories.  The finalist for the recent ‘Most beautiful sound in the world’ competition was Marc Anderson.  So what was the most beautiful sound in the world, according to Beautiful Now? Listen:

You can find it, and other beautiful (winning) sounds, on this page:


Needs, wants, needs, wants!

That’s right.  It never ends. Needs, wants, needs, wants, needs, …  It goes around and comes around in a (vicious?) circle.  I thought you might find this interesting too, as it is part of the ‘ordinary business of life’:

Barriers as the way through

“The world is the closed door. It is a barrier. And at the same time it is the way through.


Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them but it is also their means of communication. … Every separation is a link.”


– Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace