Lessons from Music: Rhythm

“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, lead on to fortune”–Julius Caesar

In making a move, know how to choose the right moment”–Tao teh Ching

One of the most visceral qualities of music is its rhythm–the organization of sounds through time.  It is one of the unique aspects of music relative to other art forms: a painting does not move in time, nor does a book.  And that is, perhaps, why music is one of the oldest art forms, because rhythm is easy to create (ask Bobby McPherrin) and yet reaches into some of the most primitive places in our psyches.  The truly great musicians understand rhythm in ways average musicians do not, and know the uses of both frantic movement and patient stillness.

Life is like that.  How often have you heard stories of two people who had a blazing love affair, but it was “just the wrong time”? 

Plowing straight ahead all the time is not necessarily the smartest way to get down the road to your Perfect Life.  Try to become adept at recognizing the patterns of life around you, so you can move “at the flood” on to great fortune.

The Gurus of Get It!

Published in: on March 3, 2011 at 12:56 am  Leave a Comment  

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