“rests”….of the musical sort. ;)

Hi Lovely Friends,

I’m back.  🙂  If you guys are still following this blog… then you truly are faithful followers of the randomness and rambling… Ha.  😉 Took the blog offline for a bit — Just taking some time of rest and reflection on life.  Life has been swirling with all the storms that  flood our days at times.  Swooping, swimming, balancing, and even breathing sometimes gets tough….

Rest has been the word of my season.  Simply, rest.

Being a musical sort of gal, I’ve been thinking about the “rests” in a musical score.

What would a piece of music be without a rest?  Would it still be as beautiful?

In a piece of music, there are so many reasons that the “rest” signs are vital.  Always, of the same importance as the flowing melody, the supporting harmony, or the defining rhythm.  A balance that makes music all that it is, would then be all the components that formulate and structure it.  Right?  Including those little rests.  Let’s think about it…

The “rests” enable the music played, within a group, to allow each musician their own role.

 The tuba can’t play the entire piece without stopping.  (Well, I guess he could… but the questions remains, should he?  ;))  Beautiful music is balanced.  Just think of a lovely instrumental while the vocalist waits, only to then enhance the melody the vocalist then produces.  The instrumental is enjoyed… the solo is enjoyed.  Both, an integral part.

Sometimes, when we skip over our rests, we plow through the cello player’s lovely solo… or, the moment meant for the timpani to shine.

Each one plays a different role.  A different part, for a different place, for a different time, for a different reason, for a distinct beauty.  rest

“Rests” give the musician a minute to pause and ready for the next notes.

I’ve always loved to see one of those little rests, especially when your violin bow feels like it’s smoking after playing a Paganini piece!  The pause gives you a breath, and the ability to ensure your bow is in the right position.  That little rest gives you the time needed to complete the piece.

What are the next notes for us in life?  Don’t skip over the rests.  😉

“Rests” are a moment of silence that are an integral part of the artistic beauty.  

Without the rests, we wouldn’t fully understand or appreciate the notes of the piece.  The contrast is needful.  Rest is a lovely differentiation to the busy note flow… We don’t appreciate silence at times, until it is not there.

Silence is beautiful in it’s time. Charles Spurgeon said, “Rest time is not waste time. It is economy to gather fresh strength… It is wisdom to take occasional furlough. In the long run, we shall do more by sometimes doing less.”

Why am I saying this?  Cos, my friend, I’m wondering if you are tired?  I’m so thankful for my loved ones that remind me that rest is needful, and sweet.  We sometimes believe that we have to be superman, and carry everything on our shoulders… We think that we have to stay hurry-scurry busy, as we juggle the entire circus in our hands.  We view rest as a loss, when it is actually a gain.

It can be a time for others to play… A time for us to pause — getting ready for our next line of notes… A time to all hear and experience the beauty of silence.

Rest well, my friend.  Has it felt like a very long time of running and toiling?  Rest.  Soak in this essential time.  The time that threads throughout our crazy, beautiful, musical score we call life.  Rest.






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