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Rhythms, Cycles and Ripples, part 1. Monday August 17, 2015

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Rhythms, Cycles and Ripples
Sammy Davis Jnr said it well,
"And the rhythm of life is a powerful beat,
"Puts a tingle in your fingers and a tingle in your feet,
"Rhythm in your bedroom, rhythm in the street,
"Yes, the rhythm of life is a powerful beat."
[Song, "The Rhythm of Life."]

There's a rhythm and a cycle to your year, your Seasons, your month, your week, your day and night. Every moment has its own rhythm.

And your personality has its own "Signature Rhythm"... something that sets 'you' apart by the way you walk, the way you talk, even the way you shrug your shoulders.
Or to sing again...
"The way you wear your hat.
"The way you sip your tea...
"The way your smile just beams.
"The way you sing off-key.
"The way you haunt my dreams...
"The way you hold your knife (do-do-do-do do-do).
"The way we danced until three.
"The way you've changed my life..."
[Song, "They Can't Take That Away From Me."]

There are many messages here, but I'd like to begin today with drawing our attention to circles that ripples make.

Life happens. Events happen like dropping a stone into the pond of our lives. The effects ripple out.

Some things we can control, some things we can influence, and some things are outside this in what we can call "The Circle of Concern". Knowing the difference between these ripples or circles can really help us respond with resilience. By focusing on what we can control and what we can influence, we can feel empowered. It's not always possible to let go of those matters that are outside our control and influence but weigh upon our concerns. However, time is mercifully finite. If we choose to invest our finite time in giving attention to the circles of control and influence, the positive ripples will spread out and even transform the ways we see the circle of concern.

To conclude this first in a series, I'd just like to say that there will be a rhythm and cycle to your day - a time in the day when you'll feel more able to deal with 'stuff'. I'm stronger, sharper, more effective in the morning. I know this. So, getting in synch with this rhythm of life can make all the difference to working on what you can control and influence.

Here's to perfect timing.

A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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Sally Mon, Aug 17th 2015 @ 9:20am

Very interesting, Lex. Something to mull over, definitely. My instincts had always told me this, but to have it in writing is even better, and with all those lovely song words to sing along to! Thank you so much!

Elisabeth Mon, Aug 17th 2015 @ 9:37am

Hi Lex,
this is perfect, you have a wonderful voice :) I just made an appointment for my first job interview tomorrow, and it will be held in english, so I thought I should do some listening today and ... I got this little gift :) Thank you, Elisabeth

Sally Mon, Aug 17th 2015 @ 10:22am

Good luck, Elisabeth! Hard enough to go for interview, but in a second language! Let's hope they are friendly people, and the type you'd like to work with. I will keep my fingers crossed! :-)

Adrian Mon, Aug 17th 2015 @ 11:07am

You sound good Lex.
Great to put voice to writings.

My rhythem for doing admin chores seems to come round less and less?!
A x

Liz Mon, Aug 17th 2015 @ 11:47am

Lex, great to hear you and funny as I imagined you differently. Rhythms are so important. I like you am a morning person and could quite easily write off the afternoon. Working from home enables me to work to my best rhythms and give myself the breaks I need. Thank you.

Lex Mon, Aug 17th 2015 @ 11:48am

Thanks for your kind comments. Sally, they are great songs, aren't they! I'll sing along with you. Elizabeth, great that you've made that appointment and I wish you every success - and thanks for liking my voice - means a lot to me. Adrian too... like most people, I don't always like the sound of my own voice, so you've built me up! As for the rhythm of the chores (and accounts), I understand only too well!!!

Lex Mon, Aug 17th 2015 @ 2:12pm

Ooo, Liz... that begs the question... how had you imagined me?

Bearofliddlebrain Mon, Aug 17th 2015 @ 4:46pm

Ha! Your voice is how I imagined ve good to listen too, thank you! Am only sad you didn't actually sing!!! THAT would have been even betterer!!!

I too, am a morning person and today after the usual hour and half dog walk, I have managed to break the pop-up plug in our bathroom sink, but I have cleaned the bathroom!!! French doors washed, sitting room and kitchen windows washed, polished wood furniture with real proper wood polish which then needed buffing up so lots of hard work...collapsed into salad lunch, then my friend who is a gardener, has been over and together we have tackled the wilderness that was my garden! I am so glad she came to help this afternoon otherwise I think I would have left the gardening til tomorrow, or the day after or......
I was full of getupandgo until I sat down for lunch, then I was pooped!
But you are spot on when you say we have cycles and rhythms and mine work best pre-lunch!!!
Thank you Lex, Karen x

Lex Mon, Aug 17th 2015 @ 5:31pm

That's an amazing spurt, Karen! I know what my singing sounds like, so let's leave it at that, shall we? lol
Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel...

susan Mon, Aug 17th 2015 @ 6:28pm

All true! In addtion to the truth in your blog, it is also true that you have a most comforting and melodic voice. Sure you can't sing??? susan xx

Lex Mon, Aug 17th 2015 @ 7:38pm

Thanks for the vote of encouragement, Susan... perhaps I'll take singing lessons! L'xx

Lex Mon, Aug 17th 2015 @ 8:14pm

...actually, I've just realised I am singing! Yup that's me do bee do bee doing on the backing track! lol

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