The backyard was loud with the crazy near-chaos of my 6-year-old daughter’s birthday party. Children running and chasing. Balls flying. Little voices chattering, laughing, bossing. A crowd bouncing on the trampoline. Jackson, the 8-month old puppy was adding his own exuberance to the noise, while the adults were chatting and laughing on the patio. It was exactly what a birthday party should be like.
In the middle of all the noise one of the moms needed to get her son’s attention on the trampoline. But he was across the yard on the trampoline, with all the party’s noise between them. She called his name. No response. Then came the middle name. No response. She yelled. She waved her arms. But he just couldn’t hear her.
There are a lot of people who have a message acting like that mom. They have something important or urgent to say. They want to help, or warn, or educate. But the noise is just too loud, and the audience they want to reach just can’t hear them. What can they do?