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October 15, 2009

Out of Rhythm

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 7:54 am

It’s been said on more than one occasion that I lack rhythm. I’m the first to agree.

It seems that people who are in tune with their rhythm have no appreciation for what it’s like to be rhythm-less. It comes so easy to them that many of them think one without rhythm is just not trying hard enough. Truth be told, trying gets in the way.

Case in point . . . We’ve all seen the person without rhythm who has tried very hard and has even taken dance lessons. They have all the correct steps but appear like C-3PO on the dance floor. That’s manufactured rhythm that always appears stilted.

I can take the abuse and live a full life without being Travolta or Nureyev, but what really gets in the way is being out of rhythm with life.

Life has a rhythm. Like dancing, it flows when it’s working and is disjointed when it’s not.

What is the rhythm of life?

It’s being in tune with the tide of reality.

We’ve all fought with tides and lost. The natural plan is to go out when the tide is going out and come in when it’s coming in. Every time we do it any other way, we’re out of rhythm with life. The penalty is more severe than looking spastic on a dance floor.

I find that the people who are in tune with the rhythm of life have the best reality processing strategies. That means they accept reality quicker than most resulting in swimming against the tide much less.

Reminds me of a recent story in the news . . .

A survey showed that “It is what it is” is one of our least favorite phrases. My friend, Michele said on her Facebook page that she didn’t like the phrase either. My response was that most people dislike the phrase because it pokes a hole in their illusion that it can be any other way than it is. Illusion bursting always causes an emotion, and that’s why many of us have such a visceral response to this statement of reality.

That’s fighting with the ocean and losing again.

Watch anyone who’s accomplished at body surfing. They are attuned with the rhythm of the tide and the waves that it produces. Yes, they’re going to get walloped from time to time but more often than not, they going to be riding the wave of reality.

The phrase that will cause you the most pain is: “It is what it isn’t.” That’s truly being out of the rhythm of life.

Reality may not have any rhyme or reason, but it does have a rhythm. The sooner we align ourselves with it, the smoother the ride becomes.

Surf’s Up!

All the best,

John

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