Horton Hears a Who, Wouldn’t We ALL if We Learned to BE STILL?

In March of 2008, one of my favorite books will be made into a movie that will air in theaters. The following info can be found about the upcoming movie:

A new CG animated feature film from 20th Century Fox Animation, the makers of the “Ice Age” films, based on the beloved book, first published in 1954, by Ted Geisel, who wrote under the pen name Dr. Seuss. Seuss books are among the defining works of family literature, have sold over 200 million copies, and have been translated into 15 languages. The “Horton” series (“Horton Hears a Who”, “Horton Hatches the Egg”) are consistently among the top selling of all Seuss titles – generation after generation. HORTON HEARS A WHO is about an imaginative elephant who hears a cry for help coming from a tiny speck of dust floating through the air. Suspecting that there may be life on that speck and despite a surrounding community which thinks he has lost his mind, Horton is determined to help. The movie trailer can be seen at:

Does one have to have ears as big as an elephant to hear a “Who”? Obviously Horton recognizes that there are living beings on that dust speck, due to the fact he has incredible hearing because of the size of his ears. But Horton was also in a very quiet, secluded place and was “still”. How often are we truly “still” and in a quiet place?

On the rare occasion I am actually home alone, with 4 dogs and 3 cats I still end up having company. On the even rarer occasion that the pets are all napping WHILE I’m home alone, I normally have the t.v. on, or am playing music on my computer. During “non sleeping” hours, are we ever really quiet and still?

I’m trying to BE STILL more often. You’d think it would be easy since I’m deaf, but it is not. A lot of wonderful things happen when you are still and quiet. I’m going to see how many times I can over the next week.

Denise Portis
©2007 Hearing Loss Diary

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