In typical Hilary fashion, I’ve been spending most of my downtime pursuing self growth and inspiration. You know, in between the chaos of red carpets and work commitments.
When I’m not traveling, I feel like it’s harder for me to recognize the strides that I’m making in my life. Too much of my day-to-day is routine, which makes me feel stuck in my microcosm.
Self growth is always more apparent when I’m surrounded by the unfamiliar and forced to acclimate.
Being comfortable makes me lazy about my progress. Or so I fear.
So in an effort to shake things up a bit, I started taking an online songwriting course from Berklee College of Music. Many notable musicians have attended this school, including one of my all time favorite singers and guitar players, John Mayer. It’s safe to say it’s been vetted.
Not that I really need one more thing to add to my plate, but with a little encouragement from some of my musically inclined friends, I’m now in the third week of coursework. I got a C on my first peer-reviewed assignment. This may in fact be the first C of my life. But I’m learning. And that’s what matters.
And even though it’s challenging, I’m already finding that concepts have a lot of crossover to life lessons. One particular idea stuck with me so forcibly, I wanted to share it with you, adventurers.
Finding Prosody- A guide to living a harmonious life
Prosody– loosely defined as an appropriate relationship between elements. All contributing factors should work together to support the central idea and message of the song. Above anything else, we must ask ourselves if the pieces come together.
Any great work of art, as my professor would say, uses prosody. There are no unnecessary elements. And by removing the white noise distracting from the central idea, the message becomes all the more powerful.
And while I agree with this, I am inclined to take it a step further and say that any great life uses prosody.
People achieve their goals and find enrichment when the people and lifestyle they surround themselves support their motivation.
This concept has been forcing me to reevaluate some of my decisions. And it should do the same for you.
1. Are the people in your life supportive of your ambitions?
2. Do you feel drained or uninspired by some of the interactions you have with friends or loved ones? Why is this?
3. Can you mold these relationships to be uplifting and empowering? And if not, is it time to let them go?
4. Which of your friends always make you feel good when you see or talk to them? How can you spend more time with them?
5. Every day you are given 24 hours to contribute to your bliss. How are you using these hours to support your goals?
6. Are the activities you’re involved in empowering?
7. Does your work align with your life goals? If not, how can you change or improve your situation so it does?
8. How are you enhancing your loved ones’ life goals? Are you providing positive reinforcement, encouragement, and leading by example?
9. Are you doing anything that feels unnecessary or draining?
10. Are you happy with the big picture of your life that you’re painting?
Analyze your answers and see if the life you want to lead is in a similar vein of the life you are currently leading. If you’ve answered ‘no’ or ‘I don’t know’ to any of these questions, you may need to get a head start on your emotional spring cleaning. Make sure your intentions are clear and the people and environments you surround yourself with enhance that intention.
While we are all constantly rewriting and reworking our end goal, having an idea of where you want to go and how you want to be supported while getting there will greatly increase your ability to do so.
Use prosody to find harmony, and you’re sure to find your life will be a hit :).
Like what I did there?