(excerpt from a book I have written & not yet published)
HEARING THE MUSIC IN LIFE
Even if life has many days, it is too short to live without happiness. Our life should be a song that finds the harmonies in life.
To motivate people, nothing is more powerful than music. Rock songs stir people to a frenzy. Romantic melodies move hearts towards love. Bands stir up crowds for the cause of their team. Fight songs move the “Rockys” of the world to prevail in difficult contests. Songs like Chariots Of Fire inspire us to run farther and faster than we have before. Songs like America The Beautiful can turn people’s thoughts toward patriotism. In short, music is a powerful motivational tool!
If we are in tune in our faith, work, play, and outlook, then our life will produce a harmonic tone. Lives out of whack and full of mayhem produce notes of discord. While vital, clean, and productive lives generate a sound of appealing harmony.
What kind of sounds does the flow of your life produce? Sometimes we forget to play the music. You cannot experience the transforming power of a song without singing the notes. To maximize your life you must capture and celebrate the beautiful notes of your journey. Is your switch off? Or have you turned on and tuned in?
Maybe the music in your world sounds sour and out of tune right now? That’s okay. We all need “tune-ups.” You may need to look for the sounds of good in your life, to find them. If you concentrate on the negative, you will never find the joyful notes of hope and goodness around you. To “tune-up,” you must find and sing the high quality, good notes of your life. Brightness and harmony is not found by cursing the darkness but by turning on the light. You may have to turn the channel to find your right song.
Just like it is possible to miss a turn on a road trip, it is possible to miss the music in living. In a real sense, finding the lost song in life is like getting back on track on a trip. You turn back towards the best direction for your future. Sometimes it takes a course change to find your way. Put the song back into your life, and see if you do not sense that you are heading in a better direction.
Sometimes people are way too figurative and do not take good advice literally enough to experience its truth. Music is that way. Talking about it will not produce its good. Literally sing. Literally seek the song in your life. Hum. Whistle. Play an instrument. Literally be upbeat. Look to make your life a melody. Find ways to make your life, career, and play be full of glorious notes. Sing your song in life.
Florence Littauer said, “Don’t die with the music still in you.” What powerful advice! Inside each one of us is a harmony, a tune, a message, something only we can share. We each have our own uniqueness that needs to be expressed. Nothing will completely satisfy you, until you express this tune of your life. Live up to your highest potential. With God’s help, dare to sing your best celebration, and highest notes of achievement, in the way you live your life.
The sad fact is that you can go through life without ever finding the music of your existence. You can exist without ever strumming a chord. You have to choose to see your life as a song. It is not a requirement. You have to choose to express the artistry of your life to find it. Let this be the moment that you wake up to discover the great sounds of joy that are in you.
It is up to you. No one will make your music for you. Choose to sing, instead of to cry. Find the worth. Find the beauty. Look for the good. Let your home life, work life, and whole life be filled with meaning. Choose to find the high notes in life, instead of concentrating on the bad. Let your song of life be so clear that everyone can hear the music in you.
Action Required: Music is a powerful motivator. Write down at least one way you can use music as a tool to help you achieve more. (Examples: exercise, relationships, work career, rest, etc.)
Memory Phrase: The way I live; this is my song.