My mama told me something when I was growing up that has for ever change my life. She played the piano at our little church at third and pine street for thirty seven years. She tried to teach me to play the piano, but I wasn’t very good. She would teach me the names of the notes, what a major key is, what a minor key is. She tried to teach me musical theory but I was just bored.
Then one day she told me that the best news in the world is found by playing a simple scale on the piano. I had no idea what she meant. So she told me, “Play an eight note scale.” So I did. (Playing notes going up the scale C D E F G A B C sounds like “do re me fa sol la si do”)
I said, “How is that good news?”
She said I played it incorrectly and that I needed to play it the other way. So I did. (Playing notes going down the scale “do si la sol fa mi re do.”)
Again, I said, “How is that good news?”
She said that I played it the right way, but I needed to add the pauses.
“The pauses. Add them on the first, second, fourth, sixth, seventh and last note.”
Now I was frustrated and said, “How can eight notes with random pauses be the best news in the world?” Then I got up, walked away and went outside. Frankly I didn’t care what she was talking about. I didn’t like playing the piano anyway.
Well, years later my mama got sick and passed away. As I was thinking about her I remembered what she told me about the piano.
Not only that, I still remembered the notes she told me to pause on : the first, second, fourth, sixth, seventh and last note. So I sat down at her piano and played the scale with the pauses. (With pauses plays the song “Joy to the World, the Lord is come.”)
And that’s when I realized the good news she was talking about.
Source | Transcript of The Christmas Scale by IgniterMedia.com
The message hasn’t changed. That joy is still there waiting to be experienced each time we awake from our slumber and play the right notes with the right pauses, living our ordinary lives in extraordinary ways, that is, with gentility and grace, presence and wakefulness.