Many of us search for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but, if you want to find it, you will discover it faster when finding your “beat.”
The chase in life, sometimes keeps us from seeing what’s already there. There is a rhythm inbred in all of us… a “beat” that runs within us.
I’ll use this lyric from a song by Sonny and Cher…
“Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain… the beat goes on.”
What is pounding rhythm to your brain?
Do you feel the beat of “your” drum?
You may have to stand back, get quiet and listen for the call. We all have a calling… our own rhythm in life.
Some find their rhythm in music, like Sonny and Cher. They hear the beat; they feel the beat with each cord, with each crescendo.
Some find their rhythm in carpentry. That “tap, tap, tap” sound of every beat of the hammer, and the whirr of every power tool, which produces a beautiful, Godly creation.
Some hear the beat in Math. (That’s one beat I’ve never heard. Unless it’s the “cha ching” of a discount.) I’m told that Math has its language, and essence within; a rhythm inside.
Some hear the beat in words… I hear the beat in words. Words sing to me. There’s a melody that reaches a rhythm which incites an excitement and flow. There’s a “beat” in words when aligned with other rhyming syllables, or collective expressions, that can uplift, inspire, and motivate. That’s why so many hold onto great quotes, poetry, and other forms of literature.
Some find their beat in art; the swishing movement and rhythm of each stroke. I don’t feel that beat in creating art (except when quilting), but I do feel it in the appreciation of it. Have you ever looked at a beautiful painting, or photograph and felt overwhelming emotion? I have!
At times, the routines that we cater to in life may distract us from hearing “our beat.” You may have to walk around and look at everything from a different angle, just as if you were painting a picture. The Grand Canyon looks different from the North Rim, than it does from the South Rim.
The letters “b” and “d” are completely different when turned around, but are the same when facing the same direction.
A different view of your everyday “thing” in life can help you re-energize, or find that “beat” within you. As in the words of Sonny and Cher… “The beat goes on,” so find the “beat” which will help you find your pot of gold.
Sometimes in life we take a path
That’s filled with skunks and toads.
And all we really want to find
Are streets all paved with gold.
But, if we change our point of view
And look at what we have,
We’ll see the skunks and horny toads
May benefit our path.
We all have stinky things in life
Which build great qualities,
And ugliness, addressed with love,
Will benefit indeed.
We’ll work our way along that path.
We’ll cut. We’ll plant. We’ll tweak.
When rising from the weeded mess
We strengthen our belief.
The skunk won’t be as smelly now;
The toad is changed with love.
Our garden path, a sweet retreat,
Now fits us like a glove.
It’s challenges we overcome
Which fuel the strength we hold.
With vision, and a joyful heart,
We’ll find our pots of gold.
BG Jenkins ©2014