It was movie night, most of the class had shown up.
They had worn themselves out running around the garden and shooting basketball hoops and had thrown themselves down to get comfortable for the movie.
It occurred to me how the sprawling legs had been toddlers not so long ago, and I realize how fast the day will arrive that we will need extra sofas and beanbags to contain the length and strength of these boys!
We had churned out a few buckets of popcorn, ordered the pizzas and turned out the lights. The big screen was down. The movie began.
Before the credits had finished one of my younger boys was glancing towards me uncomfortably and finally gave in and came over to sit with me. I put my arms around him and felt his heart beating really fast.
I looked up to the screen to see computer generated images and patterns, a father talking to a son, a motorbike roaring off into the night.
They were not frightening images, but the soundtrack created an uncomfortable atmosphere of tension and surprise.
You know that feeling. The lights go down, the screen lights up and the music starts to resonate so that if you put your hand on your chest, you feel the vibration. They are just proving the quality of the surround system and already your heart is pounding!
The soundtrack of a movie is so important, it can make or break or break it in the box office. It got me thinking.
What is our life’s soundtrack? What do we hear as we move through the scenes of our every day. Our stories are a big part of this soundtrack. The ones we tell and hear, and the ones we tell in our mind.
Just this morning, I read an email from a well-known business leader quoting a famous economist who is predicting upcoming disaster and recession. This, momentarily, became the background music to my morning.
Luckily, I could pull away, take a deep breath, adjust my posture and take a long appreciative gaze out of the window of the train at the beautiful countryside.
That story has no business in my life’s soundtrack this morning. I hear a very different sound.
Take a moment to hear the symphony of your day; the soundtrack of your heart and mind, the music of your business. Who is the composer? Who are the musicians?
If you were to choose to sit down and put on some music.
Would you allow complaints of the tax officer play in your chosen orchestra?
Would the guy who cut you out on the highway get to compose a part of your music sheet?
Would the fear-instilling, alarmist journalist get to have artistic say in the music of your day?
Would the bully in your class 25 years ago get to conduct the piece?
You can decide how your music will sound.
You need to be the composer and conductor of your daily symphony, particularly when it comes to the music of your business.
Choose the melodies that give you hope and faith.
Choose the musicians that inspire you with their brilliance.
Choose the soundtrack that will help you learn, grow and expand.
Listen to the sounds of your own brilliance, the music of who you really are.
And soon, you’ll see that you are humming the music of joy and success without even realizing it!© Copyright 2011 Lisa Bloom