Today I’m joining Gypsy Mama for her Five Minute Friday writing prompt. Today’s Topic: Rest
In music, the rest deserves a gold frame.
At least that’s what I was taught through years of piano lessons. I always wanted to rush over the rest notes. I saw them as boring space in the composition. The rests felt like wasted time.
“No, no!” my teacher would insist, “The rest is the beautiful silence that accentuates the power of the next notes. Listen for its beauty. Put a gold frame on it to capture others with its beauty.”
Over the years I’ve enjoyed watching how musicians frame the rest. Some gently close their eyes. Others let their hands fly wistfully in the air, as if carried away by an angel. Still others take a deep breath in pregnant anticipation for what is to come.
Many an artist has drawn me into the beauty of the rest—drawn me into the part of the music you don’t hear with your ears, but your heart.
It’s true in life, as well. I’ve had to wrestle to find meaning in the rest. It feels like wasted time. Why do I think it’s more valuable when life is playing forte and staccato? Why do I find it so hard to listen for the beauty in its quiet? Why do I forget that its silence will only accentuate the power of what comes next?
Rest, in all its forms, deserves a gold frame.
“He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul” ~Psalm 23:2b, 3a
What will you do this weekend to frame the beauty of resting?
Gypsy Mama’s Five Minute Friday is a chance to “write without worrying if it’s right.” Want to give it a try? Hop on over to her site. You can add your own contribution or see what others are saying about rest.