The Power of Ambient Sounds and Audible Inspirations at Work

What do you listen to while you work?

Many of us use music as a tool to concentrate and find our rhythm, especially during working hours. But for me, the natural symphony of my workplace is enough. The gentle conversations of colleagues, their casual humming; these are the melodies that accompany my daily tasks. While I adore music, I find that I don’t listen to it while working.

However, before diving into my tasks, I indulge in another form of auditory experience: audiobooks. My choice tends to lean towards self-help content. There’s something powerful about starting the day with words that inspire, challenge, and motivate. These books offer more than just guidance; they become a beacon of hope, lighting the way through challenging workdays.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my audio journey during work hours. I hope it offers a unique perspective on how sounds, whether from books or our surroundings, can shape our day-to-day experiences.

Thank you for joining me on this auditory voyage.

39 thoughts on “The Power of Ambient Sounds and Audible Inspirations at Work

  1. Omatra7 says:

    I don’t listen to anything at work … too many families and phone calls …

    Sometimes there is heavenly music playing … which I can do for little while but not for 8 or 9 hours every day lol … that’s how you drive someone nuts ✌️

    I get most work done with focus

    I would love to have modern music but with phone calls and things we really can’t

    Sometimes I’ll play a documentary for as much as able but usually doesn’t last long and I never make through or really pay attention

    I am and down in my seat, on phones and with families all day long

    If on my own time … which is few and far between lol … it is either music, documentaries or “how to” things

    My children do not like to hand me the remote 😄😄

    1. Tasty line says:

      Totally get what you’re saying! I also don’t listen to music when I work hard. It’s like being in my own world. We should always do our best for our customers since they’re paying us🙏

      1. Omatra7 says:

        Yes lol.. I do sometimes zone into the spreadsheets and things – sometimes I am with families, or doing funeral based things

        You would not think funerals be crazy sometimes – but behind the scenes 🎬 … sometimes 😳

        We just make it look all peaceful and elegant

        On the back side – I am chasing doctors, talking to coroners, hospitals, state and county, contractors, caterers, funeral escorts, deliveries of all kinds – flowers, people, things we need etc … there is a lot lol … and it goes real crazy sometimes when you have multiple all at once 😮

        When I leave for work in the morning … I think “ahhh I look good today – it will be a great day”

        Then maybe few hours later, after being at work… I’ll pass by a mirror and think “omg, how long have I looked like that?” 😮😄✌️

        But yes – funerals are very expensive – so yes they should have great service! Plus is loss … so they deserve to have their loved one cared for with dignity and compassion.

        I agree – in the best interest of the customers/families ❤️👏

        I usually call the people who come to us “my families” lol

        I want to treat them as I would want my mother treated ❤️

      2. Tasty line says:

        I could truly sense the busyness of your work. Thank you for sharing the details about your job. I’ve never worked in funeral services, but when I worked at a sushi restaurant in Japan, I used to deliver sushi to funeral venues.
        Given that, I can imagine it’s a demanding environment with many people coming and going.
        However, I was deeply moved by your statement, “I want to treat them as I would want my mother treated.” 🥹
        It’s evident that you approach your work with more than just professionalism; there’s genuine care and love. It’s truly commendable. 🙏

      3. Omatra7 says:

        That’s really cool delivering sushi to funerals – I don’t think we have ever had sushi 🍱 at funeral… but sounds like something people would love (I don’t eat fish – but the community loves sushi!)

        We have a particular caterer we use… usually with florists or caterers … the funeral home gets a special rate … and with caterers – we have specific menus to choose from – is many quick easy finger foods, salads, sandwiches etc- buffet type things

        They come in decorate the buffet area … they usually bring silky table cloths and flowers and set the food up

        Lol… yes is very demanding business

        Thank you 😊❤️ yes I do care, very much

        I have been through some massive losses and I know that heart bleed 🩸

        I can brighten that or at very least put people at ease while they walk through grief.

        I also lose my mom to Alzheimer’s every day… so I also understand how families can be beat up by the time they come to me… I know how important the ones you love are 😘

        I have a new manager and when he started, he heard me on the phone with a family … when I got off the phone he appeared in my doorway and said all surprised… “you care, you actually care”

        I work at a funeral home – I would hope one would care 🙏🙏🙏 lol

        I would want someone who cares when my mom passes, cause I will be a mess lol … is raw moments of HIGH emotions so yes people need care.

        I’m very empathetic and compassionate 😊❤️

        All funeral people have some story as to what bring them to profession.

        They are also all little quirky lol … and definitely A type big personalities lol

        We have ONE shot to get right – NO do overs 😳😳 so better be right and ready the first time!!

        It’s an interesting industry and very thoughtful and amazing coworkers ❤️

        And we all see ALOT of death.. so we accept death as a part of life. We don’t like it always – but it is life. You really see that 😮

        So I just try to help others move forward and be ok. 😊

        Love and hate are both very infectious … they can make difference to how someone views or thinks – it can make differences in lives and how someone lives – mental health

        So I know the power of a little caring 😉❤️

        Thank you for saying 😊❤️

      4. Tasty line says:

        I’m genuinely sorry to hear about your mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s. It must be incredibly challenging for you.

        Sushi holds profound significance for the Japanese. Whether in celebration or mourning, it is invariably presented during pivotal moments. Though its contents may vary, sushi remains a constant.

        Your dedication to your profession resonates deeply with me. We must never forget that every day, someone somewhere is passing away, and there are dedicated individuals marking those poignant transitions. It serves as a poignant reminder that, like all, my life too will one day conclude, and I’m inspired to make it as remarkable as possible.

        Thank you for sharing your insights.

      5. Omatra7 says:

        That’s ok … I’ve been losing her for awhile now – some days I come to terms with it and some days I ache for her back

        And yes – every day people are passing… life is very precious!! When death surrounds you – you see life in a different light

        Very cool information with Japan and sushi – thank you – noted ❤️ so sushi is a staple for comfort then?

        Yes – you should live life to fullest – meaning cherish all the tiny things and appreciate – feel life, love the ones you with and enjoy self 😊❤️✌️ life sooo precious and can be taken too quickly – every day is blessing ❤️

      6. Tasty line says:

        Losing one’s mother bit by bit is indeed a very sad thing. Thank you for sharing.

        Sushi can be considered comfort food as well as food for celebrations. Broadly speaking, the ingredients change.

        Indeed, live as if you will die tomorrow. Learn as if you will live forever.

        While I perceive death as something distant, it really wouldn’t be surprising when it becomes one’s turn.

        Every day is a blessing 🙏.

      7. Omatra7 says:

        Yes 🥺💔 to lose one’s mother is earth shattering 🫨

        But… is how life is. It will be hard though – even though I don’t really have her anymore already – just that to never have her on this earth or to say I love you or hug? Is heartache … but that is life and also being human

        Life still goes on and they would want you happy and to live fullest life you can! ❤️

        My own kids will go through someday – is ok to be sad … and heartbroken – like cheated … but for a moment only…

        Then remember who they were and how they made you feel, how they made you laugh – remember the qualities they taught you and the qualities they had

        You can’t stop it – it’s life … so remember the life in full and remember yours … but yes is sad 💔

        Yes sushi is very very creative and versatile … I don’t eat fish though or seafood – nothing from the sea lol 😝

        But people do love sushi here!!

        You never know when your time or purpose is up 😮

        I see ALL ages 😮 from inutero to over 100 😮😮

        Death does not know age or time 😮

        And I have faced my own death (couple times) so yes – every day above ground is a blessing ❤️

      8. Tasty line says:

        Thank you for candidly sharing your deep thoughts and emotions from your heart. Life and death, love and the pain of loss are universal experiences for all of us. Through your words, I can sense a profound gratitude and love, as well as the importance of life. Including the part about sushi, glimpses of your daily joys and interests are evident. I feel that you always move forward, carrying cherished memories and a heart full of gratitude🙏

      9. Omatra7 says:

        Yes… absolutely – “strength” 😊🙏❤️

        I have a bright strong spirit 😘

      10. Tasty line says:

        That’s a wonderful affirmation! Your positive energy shines through your words. Keep embracing your strength and radiant spirit. 💖✨

      11. Omatra7 says:

        Thank you ❤️

        That was very nice words to say 🥰

        Definitely embrace it ❤️

    2. Tasty line says:

      What kind of things are you interested in when it comes to ‘how-to’ topics?

      1. Omatra7 says:

        Hmm 🤔… well recently I purchased a new tool set for the beginner lol

        If I need to repair something, I am learning how to do usually lol … pretty much always … so I watch YouTube videos to see if I think I am good enough to attempt lol

        And if I believe I am I will try 👏😄 I will follow the video and fix my stuff 😁

        I do watch how to videos on how to build things – I would like to build something or try …but for now I just watch lol – I am not at the advanced level to build yet lol ✌️ but I’m watchin 😉

        I also sometimes watch how to videos if I want to train my dog to do something specific lol … that’s fun when I can teach him to do things

        Maybe also crafts – such as what I can do with things from the dollar store lol – sometimes is brilliant … so I will check those out too

        If something pops up that makes me have to know how to do something or how to dress, act or maybe make up? Then I will check it out

        I’d say those be the things I look up ✌️

      2. Tasty line says:

        So you bought a beginner’s tool set. I’m excited to see what you’ll create with it in the future. Just the other day, I also bought a saw 🪚 and an axe 🪓. I purchased them for campfires🔥, but currently there’s a ban on open fires in my state, so I can’t use them for that purpose. It’s disappointing😢.
        YouTube really offers a vast array of content, and it’s so convenient with a wealth of information available.
        As for me, I mostly watch cooking or travel-related channels✌️.

      3. Omatra7 says:

        Hahaha well … I have some limitations because I had cancer. I had double mastectomy and chest reconstruction – so I don’t have good upper chest or arm strength 😮

        I love to watch them build tiny homes or van homes – I am fascinated lol 🤷‍♀️ I would love to build like that … but that’s not something I could do – so I watch it instead 😄

        I could do lightly, but would need some severe help lol

        Well the AX – that’s probably just because is summer and hot 🥵… don’t wanna be setting any fires right now lol – don’t be PG&E 😉

        In little while you can probably do… yes? When is not so hot and dry?

        You could get a wood stove – those are cool and you could still do firewood 🪵

        They are very beautiful and nice too!

        Haha yes YouTube… I just told someone recently I know how to do anything because I can just follow along on YouTube lol 😄😄

        I love Gordon Ramsey ❤️ I recently binged him for minute

        He has new YouTube videos about quick easy meals … but it’s just a lot of stuff my kids wouldn’t touch lol 🤷‍♀️😄

        But I still enjoy him very much! ❤️

        Travel would fall under my documentary type things, rather than where to stay and what to do

      4. Tasty line says:

        I’m truly sorry to hear about your cancer diagnosis. It must be challenging not being able to lift your arms. However, I’m relieved to know you’re safe and recovering.

        I too have a penchant for tiny homes and van conversions. I once stumbled upon a book in a bookstore dedicated entirely to stylish van homes from around the world, and I couldn’t resist purchasing it! 🚐

        I’ve heard about the wood-burning stoves; I’m definitely considering getting one.

        Gordon Ramsay is indeed a renowned chef. His ability to craft dishes while narrating the process is nothing short of impressive. Although I’m not a fan of his occasional outbursts at his staff, I can’t deny that he’s one of my favorite chefs, given the mouth-watering dishes he prepares.

      5. Omatra7 says:

        Yes I am also relieved lol ✌️😄 👏

        Thank you ❤️ yes it’s challenging and can be frustrating

        Yeah is kinda cool 😎 the tiny homes and van life lol

        When they look back at this decade will be interesting lol

        I love the wood burning stoves ❤️ I wish I had one 🙏 I have a fake fireplace lol – it’s electric lol … in California 😄😄

        Yes his outbursts on staff is sometimes too harsh – but he whips shit into place, so does well 😊

        He is my absolute favorite – I don’t watch any others lol ✌️ I don’t know any others lol

      6. Tasty line says:

        Isn’t an electric fireplace unnecessary in California?
        I’ve visited California a few times, and it’s a great place.
        The climate is excellent, and the coastline is beautiful.

      7. Omatra7 says:

        In winter {{😝}} … it gets cold and it will heat my house and give cozy feel 😊❤️

        Is only right now that you can not imagine California needing fireplace lol… in temps over 100 – no it is not needed lol 🔥 🚫

        But come winter – yes!!!!

        And yes … California is quite amazing with all its different eco systems, terrain, weather, etc

        It is quite beautiful and you can have whatever you want in those things mentioned above 😊❤️

        It’s just pricy here.

      8. Tasty line says:

        Your description of California’s charm and the warmth of its winters truly warms the heart. I could feel the unique characteristics of that land, brimming with diversity and beauty. Indeed, while the cost might be high, the value of living there can be felt through its special ambiance and scenery.

        Through your words, I strongly sensed your love and pride for that place🥰

        Given the chance, I would love to relocate there as well. By the way, I’ve visited California about five times. It’s an incredible place👍

      9. Omatra7 says:

        Yes … is very beautiful area of the country ❤️ there is soo much here ❤️👏

        Where in Cali have you been? Do have a favorite?

        I have never been to Canada 🍁… Canada and Alaska – I think cold lol … they both VERY VERY beautiful though!! And the northern lights must be spectacular 😮🙌

      10. Tasty line says:

        It sounds like you truly appreciate the beauty of diverse landscapes! I’ve heard many great things about Cali’s varied terrains and iconic landmarks. As for Canada and Alaska, they are indeed chilly, but their pristine beauty and phenomena like the northern lights make them magical. I hope you get the chance to experience them in person one day! 🌌🏔️💫

      11. Omatra7 says:

        I would love to see the beauty definitely ❤️

        I have seen documentaries and nature or wildlife shows and it’s beautiful 😍

        I’m sure I would be wow’d by all the sheer beauty of earth itself ❤️

        🙏 maybe one day ❤️

        That was my dad’s “bucket list” trip – he wanted it all his life to see that – he was always amazed by earth – in the way it makes you see and feel… and just how breathtaking can be ❤️ takes your breath away sometimes

        Anyway … that was their last trip before he died .. he got to go to Alaska and experience that – what he wanted to see all his life ❤️ he had it before he died ❤️👏

        On a funny side note … every time my dad would say Alaska – my mother would crinkle her nose 😄😄 … just simply because is cold there lol … but she went and loved it too ❤️ that was their last time ever on vacation

      12. Tasty line says:

        I also consider Alaska as a place I would like to visit at least once.🏔️

        Are you familiar with the movie “Into the Wild”? It’s based on a true story of a young man who went to Alaska and lived there, and it’s a film recommended by many travelers.

        I’ve been to a place close to Alaska, called Yellowknife in Canada, around August. I was very moved by the Northern Lights🌌, but it was really cold.🥶

        I’m glad your father was able to experience what he wanted to see all his life. And it’s wonderful that your mother was able to share the same experience. 💕
        If you don’t mind, could you tell me where in Alaska they went?
        Alaska is a vast place, and I would like to add it to my “bucket list” for the future. 🪣

        It’s strange, but when someone recommends a place, it feels like fate is calling me there, and if I wish to go, I really can. 🤞
        Life is a place where you come to do what you want to experience. I want to have many experiences.

        Thank you for sharing your parents’ story. 🙏
        It warmed my heart.🫶

      13. Omatra7 says:

        I will have to check that movie out – I think I have heard of it … but have never seen… I will check it out ❤️

        My parents took that Alaskan cruise everyone speaks about??

        Yes life is a place where you come to do what you want to experience… and some experiences you didn’t know you would have lol ✌️

        ❤️ I always miss them

      14. Tasty line says:

        Thank you for sharing the video.
        It looks cold, but I got to see the magnificent nature. I imagine it must be even more grand in person🏔️.
        I’d love to experience a cruise🚢 at least ✌️

      15. Omatra7 says:

        Cruises are amazing and as a foody – omg the Buffetts 😮 whatever you want or desire they will have

        You want thanksgiving – they have it

        You want sushi they got it

        Anything you want – they got

        And then the travel itself is breathtaking

        No pictures can do any justice with the power of natures beauty

        Cruises are awesome … as long as no deadly disease happening lol ✌️😘

      16. Tasty line says:

        Everyone who goes on a cruise seems to say the same thing. And the bookings fill up quickly.
        I too would like to take a cruise journey at least once✌️

        Yes, the last major outbreak was terrible, especially with hundreds of infected individuals confined to the ship. It’s still fresh in our memory👏

      17. Omatra7 says:

        You should! They are very fun! Definitely a great experience! 👏

        Yes – I do remember the breakout on the ship 🛳️ 😮

        Partially because at that time no one knew what was happening and all governments kinda sucked with way they all handled

        But hopefully we don’t ever see that again!! 🙏

      18. Tasty line says:

        That’s true. I think all governments were caught off guard.

        I strongly felt that in emergencies, individuals should be able to promptly avoid danger based on their own judgment. 🤨

      19. Omatra7 says:

        Haha yes they were!! Who would have thought ?? 😮

        We should have been smarter – but none of us were 😮

        Yes well, some have medical issues or other issues that could prevent them from seeking safety on their own or being able to avoid danger

        For young people – yes… but for the sick, the elderly, and the disabled, etc… that can sometimes be difficult to avoid danger by themselves ☹️

      20. Tasty line says:

        Certainly, you’re right. Sick people, the elderly, and the disabled do find it difficult to avoid danger on their own. 😥
        Those in vulnerable positions may have no choice but to rely on the government. Depending on the country, there is usually some level of support for such individuals. I felt that Canada is particularly generous in this regard.🤔

        I also realized through this that I need to pay more attention to such individuals. It made me recognize that I’ve been viewing things from my own perspective.😨

      21. Omatra7 says:

        Sometimes there is support for these individuals who need assistance, but sometimes there is not. Especially in an emergency situation such as what Hawaii had

        Given the proper time – they could have a chance to make arrangements to evacuate – seconds count in those moments!

        I see the sick, the elderly and the disabled in my line of work … and I do some volunteering here and there with different causes, and help the less fortunate when able

        I see alot of stuff at work so I always think… “this is someone’s loved one, how would I want people to treat my loved ones?”

        So it’s just in my face all the time 🤷‍♀️

        Plus there were moments when I was sick- so I know what is like to want to be strong, but then severely need help and how humbling that is.

        Is hard when you are at the mercy of others

        Also… learning/teaching moments in life is growth and makes it all worth it ❤️👏✌️

        Is always good to see other perspectives ❤️

        There are probably things you know, that I don’t normally think of?

        Sometimes you will have to tell me something – I will hear what you say – but then my mind will have to think over, before I come to realization lol ✌️😄 🤷‍♀️

        Sometimes just plant the seed lol ✌️😘 🌱

      22. Tasty line says:

        “This is someone’s loved one, how would I want people to treat my loved ones?” This sentence really resonated with me. It made me think about how we are all connected. In my work, I approach it as if I’m offering something to someone precious to me, pouring love into it.

        Learning and teaching moments in life indeed bring growth, and everything has value. I couldn’t agree more.

        I also want to plant many seeds in life to yield a fruitful existence.

        Thank you for sharing such thought-provoking statements. Reading them gave me a lot to ponder. 🤔

      23. Omatra7 says:

        I bet it must be a sense of pride and happiness when you see people enjoying the meals you made 👏

        Sometimes you cross paths with another to learn new things 😊

        Lol very welcome – always love to inspire thought ❤️🫶❤️

  2. adamfenner says:

    I encourage headphones at work. It helps with focus, but not podcasts or talk radio. I find it too distracting. But I’ve got high-energy music playing for myself all day.

    1. Tasty line says:

      Utilizing music to enhance concentration is a wonderful approach! High-energy music can certainly help boost the pace of work and motivation. It’s important for everyone to find the best working environment that suits them. 🎵✨

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