The most passionate people take hits the hardest... -- Barbara Corcoran
If you're in the world of music or health care, then most likely you are extremely passionate. (You know who you are.) For people like us, hits really hurt!
A few hits I've taken over the past few months include: losing a dear friend to suicide, missing out on my regularly active lifestyle due to a foot injury, experiencing serious cashflow issues due to expense reallocations and business transitions, realizing my view of the world was skewed after learning of so many acts of terror...
Oh I could go on!
How about the email I received from a colleague a few weeks ago who told me in excruciating detail how I haven't met her expectations as friend, but she forgives me anyway. Furthermore, she "envies the publicly posted fruits of labor" that she sees on social media.
Sometimes I just can't win.
When I get to the end of my rope, I turn to one of my greatest teachers: The Drum.
Why a metaphor with a musical instrument? I believe that you ARE music, and it is an integral part of your health and happiness.
Here are six teachings that I've taken away from the drum (and hope you can too!):
- The drum is resilient. The drum gets beaten, slapped, tapped, tickled. Yet the drum does not lose its integrity. The membrane eventually stops vibrating and returns back to its normal tension. Sometimes we have to give it an extra tuning, just like we do ourselves. But the drum becomes stronger and more broken-in with each strike.
The sensitivity that makes the hits hurt, also makes for a stronger person. Not stronger in muscles, but stronger in commitments. Passionate people, join me in embracing our passions and sensitivities, wholeheartedly!
If there's one thing you can take away, please let it be this:
You ARE music, and it is integral to your health and happiness.
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