What is your metronome?
Although I enjoy inspirational spiritual reading, I am entertained by novels and I usually have at least one on my phone at any given time. Recently, I finished a book titled The Family by Naomi Krupitsky. It’s about an organized crime family and offers a good story. What impressed me about the book, however, was the author’s delightful writing style. She is one of those writers who paints pictures using her words and it feels effortless. One of the lines she wrote made me immediately say to myself, “I have to share this on Substack.
One of the women characters was musing about her children and the description said that her children were the metronome of her life. Isn’t that beautiful? Anyone who has studied music knows what a metronome does. It is set to the particular beat, fast or slow, that the composer intends the piece of music to be played. By making clicking sounds, the metronome helps to keep the musician on track with the proper beat of the music. This is especially useful for musicians who have difficulty holding a beat. So what does this mean for us?
I asked myself, “What is the metronome for my life?” “What is the undercurrent that keeps my life on track?” I invite you to ask the same question of yourself without judging the response. Be as honest as you can. What beats regularly in your life and keeps everything held together?
Another way to frame the question is “What is the most important thing to me? What underlies my decisions and choices in life?”
The next step is to ask if this is what I want to have as the metronome of my life? Just because there is something I have allowed to take on the position of metronome, doesn’t mean it has to stay this way. Perhaps you’ve allowed your work life to invade your space so you don’t have time for fun and adventure. Perhaps you’ve allowed alcohol or drugs to be your metronome. On the more positive side, perhaps yours is music or cooking or art of some type.
Whatever your metronome is, discovering where it is set could be a key to greater freedom and joy for you. If you don’t like your current setting, change it. If you like the setting, congratulate yourself and enjoy!
Setting my metronome on grace and ease,
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