21DJC Day 11 – Out of Your 5 Senses, Which is the Most Important to You, and Why?

This is Day 11 of the 21-Day Journaling Challenge (21DJC) for Nov 2011. View list of tasks: 21DJC Overview.

Hi everyone – Welcome to Day 11 of 21DJC! :)

Yesterday’s question was: “Who Do You Enjoy Spending Time With?“. (Read the responses.) A number of you immediately kicked off your answers by saying “Myself”, which I found somewhat alarming given the intent of the question wasn’t to ask you to “choose” between spending time with yourself or others. (Perhaps I could have made the question clearer when I wrote the post.)

While I recognize the merit of enjoying time with yourself (I definitely enjoy my alone time, and I think it’ll be alarming if one doesn’t enjoy being with oneself), the intent of yesterday’s question is to make you aware of who you enjoy spending time with, know why you enjoy spending time with them, and appreciate them for being in your life. That’s the first objective.

The second objective, which is more subtle, is to support you in making empowering friendships. By being aware of the traits that resonate with you, you can consciously gravitate toward the people who share those traits. This helps you to make friendships that support you, friendships that you bring the best out of you. (Related post: 7 Ways To Instantly Make Like-Minded Friends, bonus article in Personal Excellence Book, Volume 2.)

This is not an attack towards introverts, because I myself enjoy introvertism. Neither is it an avocation to be an extrovert. Extroverts are people who enjoy spending time with others over spending time by themselves, while introverts are people who prefer alone time over social time. Whether you are an introvert or extrovert though, you can enjoy time with yourself and time with others at the same time – it’s not a mutually exclusive relationship.

Yesterday’s question was about identifying who you enjoy spending time among people you already spend time with, not about asking you to choose between whether you enjoy spending time alone or whether you enjoy spending time with others.

There will always be certain people we like to hang around more, compared to other people in our life. For example, I believe some of you enjoy spending time with the other participants here, during challenges. Who are these people we like to spend time with? Why do we like to spend time with them? And how can we meet more of such people, so as to expand our consciousness to greater heights?

At the end of the day, such people help to bring the best out of ourselves. By consciously building these friendships, we create a powerful support network that supports us in our growth journey.

For me, I enjoy spending time with people who have high consciousness. People who focus on what matters in life, and not daily trivialities and gossip. People who have a keen willingness to learn and grow. People who are earnest in their communication, and do not speak behind other people’s backs. People who pursue their passions and make the best out of life. People who give space for others to grow and don’t impose their beliefs on others. People who believe in working hard and are willing to work hard, as opposed to people who skive and try to look for the easy way out.

This awareness help me realize why I feel drained when I hang out around lazy people who often complain, procrastinate, and gossip about others. It also helps me realize why I feel energized when I’m around certain people, because our energies rub off each other. Hence, I make sure to limit the time I spend with the former group, and spend more time with people in the latter group. Doing so helps me to maintain a positive, conscious state of mind.

With that said, let’s now move to today’s question!

21DJC Day 11

For most of us, we are blessed with 5 senses – Sight, Hearing, Taste, Smell and Touch. We have a 6th sense that is Intuition, but it’s not in the scope of today’s question. Today, I’d like you to think about this:

Out of Your 5 Senses, Which is the Most Important to You, and Why?

Out of the 5 Senses, Which is the Most Important to You, and Why?

Is it the sense of sight? The sense of hearing? The sense of taste? The sense of smell? Or the sense of touch? And why?

Put on your reflection cap and let your thoughts flow. Below is an empty form which you can use to write your answers to the question. Treat it as your private 21DJC journaling “room”, if you will. You will be seeing this form every day, for the 21 days of the challenge. There’s a button for you to keep track of your word count too, if you’re interested.

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  • http://40andnow.com/ cloudio

    This is the toughest question so far, because I know it would be very hard to me accepting to lose any sense.

    While the one I use more is sight, while I believe everything you learn form your taste, while smell is the first self defense tool we have, I choose touch.

    Not only because in the last two years I worked as a masseur, but also because is the primary sense we use to make love.

    Moreover I discovered touch as a higher form of communication than verbal.

    Last, but not least, it’s well explained by the expression “keep in touch”. :mrgreen:

  • Fiat

    I think the most important of 5 senses blessed upon me, in order to achieve my purpose in life is the sense of sight. I choose ‘sight’ over ‘hearing’ after reflecting within self.

    With the sense of sight, we can see others facial expression, body language, and other’s eyes. ( I’m aware that sometimes we can feel others energy and emotion ), but the fastest way to see others is with senses of sight.

    Interpreting what I see, I can adjust my action and shape my consideration. Hearing others is equally important, after all we got a pair of ear for that, rite? :D but words can be deceiving, while I find the eyes is more honest.

    So whether I wanted to help someone to achieve something together, in business, in life, etc, other’s eyes can do a lot to read their emotion. I choose senses of sight.

  • Mick

    I think that’s an easy question for me. I’ve been asked before whether I’d prefer to be blind or deaf, and it would be deaf everytime for me. I love to walk and appreciate the beautiful countryside and fascinating views. I love to climb hills and mountains and appreciate the view from the top. Without question, my sight is the most importance sense to me as I would hate to miss out on beautiful scenery in the future, and there is so much world out there to see!

  • Ivona

    Wow Celes, how do you come up with this stuff? And I mean that in the most positive way! This challenge is awesome!

    Well I definitely appreciate all five senses. Putting one in front of the other, putting them apart is hard, but I would say SIGHT is most important to me. Because it makes me see the beauty in this world. It allows me to read, learn, see other people and simply, walk and go wherever I want.
    Next would be the sense of touch. It allows us to be close and intimate with others.
    Next are hearing and smell. Hearing because of beautiful sounds of life (like birds singing, raining or wind, sound of walking in the snow…), having meaningful conversations with other people, humor and music.Smell because it can affect our mood. Smell of flowers, smell of freshly prepared food, smell of perfumes. Smell of your partner’s skin :)
    Taste would come last to me. Food is a great pleasure in life, but compared with all the other things, it’s less.

    That said, I’m immensely to be healthy and have all the senses. They make life so enjoyable and lush.

    • Bett

      Ivona, What you have said is also what I think about this question.
      And said it so clearly and with good images.
      Sight is definitely be a priority.

  • lotusbleu

    I choose sense of sight as most important as it allows me to see the beautiful things in the world; and for without it, one will not be able to appreciate or experience life through the other 4 senses.

  • http://higherpotential.wordpress.com/ Andria Yiasmin

    I have to say that of my five senses, smell is the most important to me.
    Smell connects me to all kinds of people and places. Always my memories are connected with a certain smell. When I visit a new country the first thing that I notice is how distinctively it smells.

  • Laurel

    So hard to choose! I feel so blessed to appreciate all my senses on a daily basis, but if I had to choose one, I would probably choose sight. I’ve always been very visually oriented, noticing the colors and forms of things. But part of the reason I think sight is such an important sense to me is that I am a synesthete, and vision is tied to my appreciation of other senses as well. If I were not capable of vision, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy music as much.

  • fufu

    I had a huge debate between the senses sight and touch. Without sight I’d be afraid of everything around me but without touch I wouldn’t be able to let or allow others to love me and viceversa. I love seeing and touching. As I analyzed I slowly came to realize how pleasurable each sense is and how grateful I am to currently have them.

    I choose sight because with sight I can contribute more to others. While I can hug with touching, without sight I wouldn’t know who I am hugging or how this person feels like. Sight would be #1 for me.

  • pksd

    Touch – I wouldn’t know I existed without it. My first thought was sight but other people manage to have a good life without it so presumably I could too.

  • http://avene.org Glenn

    Out of my 5 senses, which is the most important to me?

    I can imagine it would be quite difficult adapting to the loss of any of our senses. But if I had to choose the most important that I would not want to lose, it would would have to be sight. There are a number of reasons sight is the most important to me.

    For a start, without sight I would no longer be able to read, unless I learned to read braille or instead started listening to audio books. That last one wouldn’t be so bad, but both would require the help of someone else. And that alone would be a significant handicap for me. Even ordering audio books from the internet and downloading them would be impossibe on my own. Finding my way around I can imagine would be difficult too, although from time to time I do see blind people walking around streets, and they seem to be able to get by alright.

    In comparison, losing my hearing I don’t think would be as bad. With my sight still intact I would still be able to watch videos with subtitles, read books, browse the internet, watch the sun rise, see all the autumn leaves falling or the flowers appearing in spring. Music I would definitely miss, although to be honest, I wouldn’t miss listening to people talking with strong over exagerated Aussie accents :) Essentially, I believe I could manage easily enough. But I can imagine it would be lonely at times though.

    Touch would be another difficult one to lose. My biggest concern about losing my touch would be hurting myself and not being able to feel it. In which case, it would mean switching to less strenuous lifestyle without doing to much physical activity that may cause harm.

    Losing my taste wouldn’t be so bad. It would mean no longer being able to enjoy certain types of food, but would be a benefit in that healthy food would then be just as enjoyable as junk food. As a result I could easily switch to most healthiest diet of all without any junk food cravings.

    Smell I don’t think would be a serious loss either. Especially when being around a few people I know, who I don’t think take their hygeine too seriously. Without smell I would probably end up using a deodorant twice a day, just to be sure I wouldn’t become one of those people myself without knowing it :) I would miss many of the aromas around me such as flowers, or the sell of certain types of food. But overall there would be just as many nasty smells I wouldn’t miss. There have actually been times in my past I have lost my smell, when I’ve had a cold or flu or just a plain blocked nose. The blocked nose was of course annoying, but he lack of smell never really bothered me.

    So sight I believe to be my most important sense.

    • Anu

      Nice answer. You put your thoughts across very cogently. It makes my own opinions clearer.

      • http://avene.org Glenn

        Thanks Anu! Trying to do my best here :)

  • http://love-whisperer.blogspot.com/ Asni

    I value my sight most. I cannot imagine living without my sight. With these eyes I can see the world, people’s faces and their smiles, the green of the trees, the blue of the sea, the colorful flowers, the sky, read, write this journal, drive, go wherever I want to go independently, etc.

    I appreciate all my 5 senses and having all of them is a blessing for which I am always grateful. Take any one of them away and it would be a challenge physically and emotionally. Though, of course, we have heard of many who have done great with their lives despite losing their sight or being born without sight or hearing, without limbs, etc.

    I wouldn’t like to lose my vision nor any of my other senses for that matter. They complement each other. Having all these 5 senses makes it that much easier to live and to reach my highest potential on this earth. I don’t have any excuses not to! :cool:

  • May

    I think it’s hard to choose just one sense. Honestly, they are all very important to me, I want to see the beautiful scenery, I want to hear the melodies of music, I want to smell the fresh picked flowers, I want to taste the clean mountain air, and I want to touch the people I love (please don’t mind my run on sentence here!).

    However, I think the sense that would be most important to me would be sight (like most other people). Sure, some people can get by without it, but I value my sight very much. Without my sight, I can’t see things, I’d always need help, most importantly, I would feel lost. I can get by without the other senses (not that I would imagine it though) but sight is one I would not want to give up on.

  • alix

    My most important sense is sight.

  • Jess

    I find that my sense of sight is of most importance to me – all of the other senses can lead you astray.

  • http://40andnow.com/ cloudio

    To anyone who choose sight: remember Luke Skywalker when is training to learn how to use the light saber.
    He must be bended so he can start using the force.

    Yes I know as a spiritual master-teacher-in-personal-growth is a little outdated..but
    just food for thought :dance:

    • http://www.photoblog.com/karmankwarner Karman Warner

      There is nothing wrong with being a little out-dated. :)
      Star Wars is a timeless adventure that will be around for many many years…. ;)

  • Anu

    Dear Celes, this is a such a thought provoking question- I just spent the last 15 mins imagining how it would be to lose any 1 of my senses. To be unable to see the amazing colors, the sound of a gurgling brook, the soft touch of a baby’s caress or the aroma or taste of my mom’s cooking- how perfectly horrible. I honestly feel so good that I have perfect health and can enjoy all my 5 senses. Thanks – without this question, I don’t think I would’ve appreciated them so much.

    Coming back to answer your question- I think I would miss sight the most. Imagine not being able to see the fascinating colors of nature, the shapes and structures of the things around us. I will not say I’m a predominantly visual person, but I think vision does alert and sharpen our other senses. Like a steaming plate of veggies- the steam that we observe focuses our attention on the sizzling heat and aroma of the food itself. The huggability of a teddy bear near makes us want to touch its inviting soft fur. A rock band display makes us anticipate ( or dread, as the case may be) the sounds of its music, even if the artists themselves aren’t around.

    In fact, I am almost thinking of spending at least the next half hour trying to move around the house ( a safe expt) to see if I can put my other 4 senses to better work.

  • http://www.keoleny.wordpress.com Leny Keo

    Sight is the most important to me because it bring me to know what the world look like and meet the view of the world. Let me read the book, and see the beautiful world and it views by sight. Leny

  • Pat Fuller

    Without a doubt, my most important sense is my vision. I can learn to read lips, but, I am really vision bound. I learn best with visual stimulation. I’ve read Helen Keller’s autobiography. She did not allow herself to be a victim or be seen as handicapped. What an inspiration her story is to me. I think I would feel so vulnerable if I couldn’t see. I remember a movie with Audrey Hepburn where she played a blind woman and Cary Grant was kind of scary. That must have made a deep impression.

  • Amina

    Every sense is important to me for sure, but the most important is my sense of sight because I lean more on my imagination in evry thing. So this sense help me feed my imagination.

  • Peggy

    I’m gonna have to go with touch. If I didn’t have any of the other senses I could feel my way through life. Touch can be such a comfort. Touch can speak volumes. I think being touched and touching others is sensuous, comforting, cool, warm, …… You know you are not alone when you experience touch.