This post is excerpted from Simple Acts of Moving Forward.
Do you ever feel like this? Something inside me feels light today, as if my soul needs to bounce around the room. I feel restless, but I can’t think of any way to relieve it.
Music is a great gift to us. We should use it a lot—in fact, it should be part of each day. For centuries people of faith and substance have sung to God every day, some of them several times a day. Music is soul language; it reaches us in ways we will never be able to explain or appreciate fully.
In the midst of a hectic day, it can be good to drop everything long enough to sing a song. It’s easy to merely listen to a song, especially if you’re in the habit of turning on the radio. But it’s even better to sing. When you sing you’re exercising a part of yourself that doesn’t get much attention, and you air out the dull, toneless self that forgets how good it is to dance. In fact, even better than singing a song is dancing your own little dance. Best of all is to sing and dance at the same time.
I used to sing a lot when my business was music. I hardly sing at all anymore, but I’ve developed the habit of memorizing certain songs that are easy for me to sing to myself as I’m walking. They make good use of what voice I have left, and they are generally positive songs that shore up what I believe about life.
Of course, a person can’t always burst into song in the middle of a board meeting. (Well, now that I think about it, would it hurt that much?) But there’s always someplace you can sneak to for a few moments to sing your little song. It can be a prayer song or a stupid song or a nostalgic song or a totally made-up-off-the-top-of-your-head song. Doesn’t matter if it doesn’t make much sense. It especially doesn’t matter if you can’t carry a tune. The real singing happens inside; the physical singing merely helps the inside voice to wake up and make some noise.
Sing for no reason at all except to take a break and give yourself a lift.
A Little Prayer for the Next Step
Help me sing often and with much gusto.