SINGING IN MY KEY

iPhone pictureBy Lisa Huddleston

One thing I love about my iPhone is the ability to type notes into it so that I can revisit a thought when the time is right.  Let’s face it, I’m not getting any younger, and ideas are more often than not “gone with the wind.”  (Did I tell you I drove to the grocery store the other day only to realize in the parking lot that I’d forgotten my purse?)  Yep.  Lists are good.

A couple of Sundays ago as we were singing in church, I was struggling with the key of a particular song. Forced to harmonize so that I could still be a part of the music, I felt a little irked.  However I shrugged it off pretty quickly, because I realized that the song leaders rotate at our church.  I may not like the key one week, but I know that sooner or later there will be a Sunday exactly in my range.  And the same is true for every other person in the congregation.  What doesn’t suit my voice is just perfect for the person across the aisle, and that’s pretty cool.  The thought made me chuckle so when we sat down I typed, “So glad the song leaders rotate at TVC.  Sooner or later someone sings in my key.”  Idea stored for later, and I could focus on the sermon.  (Yay iPhone!)

And here it is.  A couple of weeks later and still a great thought–a “pretty cool” metaphor for life.  Somedays things just aren’t going to go “in my key.”  I may have to be more places than I like in a 24 hour period, or I may not like what I have to do.  I may struggle with adjusting myself to the events of a particular day.  But once in a while, singing harmony isn’t so bad.  It’s good mental exercise, it keeps me flexible, and it suits someone else in this world just perfectly.

Yesterday I was busy from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.  All wonderful activities that I enjoyed separately a great deal–but just too much for an introvert to handle back to back.  I missed a few notes here and there, but I stayed in the song.  And today is a great respite!  Rainy, dark, and completely unscheduled.  I have been able to ease into this day, to read a little, to drink my coffee slowly, and everything feels right in my key.  A happy bird snug in my nest.

Hope I remember this thought when the next busy day arrives.  Harmonize, Lisa, harmonize!

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2 thoughts on “SINGING IN MY KEY

  1. Thanks, Lisa. Why didn’t I know you were an introvert? You are always friendly and funny…I just never thought about it. I enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing your unique slant on life.

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