Eye on Your Whole Goal
There’s something about spending time doing the menial and mundane that give some people a sense of prideful accomplishment and others a sense of wild frustration. Simply, there are some people who feel enormous pride and accomplishment in detail and putting one step dutifully in front of the other; there are no surprises here, just earthbound progress and “steady as she goes.” For “creative personalities,” this is everything non creative. For “creative personalities,” unforeseen and abrupt changes are those things that call for impromptu and creative energy charges, one-on-one focus, and improvised adjustment. For these people, this is the spice of life. "Steady as she goes" is a bore!
Surely ego plays a role in this wild frustration, too. A creative, as well as a leader-type, personality, does not like being talked down to, at all. He or she feels above menial and mundane, as it were. However, if he or she would look at the discipline-stretch being offered (the universal picture), he or she might find some long-term value in the learning opportunity at hand. It is quite necessarily real that a creative leader, when leading, know a whole operation-small bolts to the engine-, so he's on top of his game all of the time. He is being offered a valuable and usable learning opportunity in this menial small stuff, if he would take the time to see things past his ego and frustration. It’s all a school for understanding a whole project-for the bigger and better to come. So, he would be wise to keep his eye on his whole goal, while learning the steps of all the categories surrounding that of the leading post. The essence of all things has menial and global parts. There's always another, more positive, and productive way to perceive, and experience, everything. Otherwise, life would continually make our teeth itch and each day would be like mountain climbing over molehills. In fact, it's all a wonderful adventure, but one needs to take the responsibility of viewing things positively.
When you do things that make you reach, the rewards are greater than when you avoid challenge. You feel invigorated, energized and self confident. Take the level of risk that is comfortable for you and increase it by one level. Unnecessary discomfort does not create joy, but the point is to choose and take actions that help you get to where you want to go. Increase your willingness to risk as a way of attracting more to you. Overcoming fear and/or shame is, as example, a challenge worth every effort. The eventual freedom experienced is invaluable in new gathered personal outlook and gathered courage, and the rewards experienced, in all life areas, sweep one into a new release and savoring beyond imagination.
Envy Zaps & Fear is a Paralysis of Misconception
If an envious being would disregard his fears of not possessing that certain "something" he feels so imperative to his life-heroicness, and realize that another may have crossed his path to be the very mirror he needs into himself, he might abandon his fears and his misuse of valuable energy and kneel into the knowledge that he is as individually special, in his fashion, as another in his or hers.
Every child is born with the same equipment proportioned differently. We all have something of everything. Envy zaps unnecessary spiritual energy and fear is a paralysis of misconception!
That paralysis hindering one into lethargy is a high sign and stepping stone to accomplishment. If one wants athletics in his or her life, for example, but is frozen with underlying fear, then the desire needs to be greater than the fear. This hurdle is school to bigger and better. Flying, swimming, horses, among a few precious examples, need overcoming fear. The reward of taking the risk to overcoming this fear can open doors to unlimited release and reward in other areas. It's worth it. You're worth it!
Picturing the Essence
The essence of what one desires is all-important, but, once this is clear, one might either picture the specific object one wants and the functions and requirements one wishes it to fill, or picture the requirements you want it to fill and let it appear to you in the essence of the best form. Just keep all eyes and ears open, in order to recognize it.
Swimming is not only a means of survival, but:
“A gliding body through water, expresses its tone and tones its expression” JM
Breath is the River
The importance of breath in so many aspects of life is not to be underestimated. The purity of the effect of breath, in simply humming, centers one and brings him directly to his spiritual center. We see the effects of breath in Yoga too, but we also can see this in the degree of emotional content and release in one's singing, whether professional or in the untrained voice. The more relaxed flow and guiding of breath, the greater nuance and degree of emotional expression is notable. When a performance combines the relaxed flow of breath as well as beauty of tone, the impact can be memorable, for performer and listener. Is is the breath that is the 'river, which runs through it.'
Birthday Fugues & Memory Collections
“Birthdays replay fugues of our memory collections,
While giving yearly vent for new musical inventions,
And the most cherished of all are the special friends,
Their steadfast support, and congenial trends,
As there is nothing more valuable to the birthday of one,
Than persons who give and inspire love and communal fun.”
Verdi's Ave Marias
Verdi wrote his gigantically beautiful and opera-like “Requiem,” and was then coaxed by composer/librettist Boito and publisher Ricordi to compose another opera, “Otello,” based on the Shakespeare play. Expressions of the “Ave Maria” had always interested Verdi, and his Act IV "Ave Maria" exemplifies Verdi's finesse and devout love for the expression of prayer.
Verdi's song, “Ave Maria,“ taken from Canticle III-The Prayer-of Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy,” differs somewhat in intent and text from the “Ave Maria” in Verdi’s Shakespeare based opera, “Otello,” but it exemplifies beautiful spiritual/vocal expression, differing just enough from that of "Otello" to offer a delicious "Ave Maria" variation in the song genre. This song is found in my upcoming anthology, soon to be published by Oxford University Press.
Let the Chips Fall
It is notably true, that contemplation and action are exceedingly important-very important, the more the detail-to the successful completion of a project, but, in execution, it is time to let the "chips fall where they may." That is, the greater the preparation, the greater the chance for success. The code for execution, however, is to allow the preparation to realise itself. This calls for trust. The chips will fall where they may. Allow this to occur and trust your preparation.
The same code, interestingly, applies, I feel, in entering into deep relationships and love. Allow your contemplation and essence to shine in the glow of your feeling, and trust it to be recognized and reciprocated.
Beethoven, Holy Night & Appassionata Piano Sonata
Interestingly, Beethoven, eternally in search of some relief and answer in a spiritual-artistic combo, found comfort in his expression of the second movement of his famed piano sonata (opus 57), the Appassionata, in a beautiful ode to the Holy Night. A fun tidbit of info, and to be found, among many, in my upcoming anthology, soon to be published.