The biggest revolution in my playing has been the strumming patterns. I hadn't really given it much thought, but I knew that something wasn't quite right when I strummed along. A strumming pattern can make all the difference! who knew? So as my son has (seemingly) endlessly practiced the pattern: down, down, UP, UP, down-up, clapping the rhythm, saying and strumming along, I've noticed that sequence pop into my conscious thoughts at random.
down, down, UP, UP, down-up, down, down, UP, UP, down-up....
Isn't life just like this strumming pattern?
As much as I try to will myself to be even-keeled, I often find myself going through emotions that reflect that pattern.
disappointment, hurt, SATISFIED, ENCOURAGED, frustrated-optomistic....
down, down, UP, UP, down-up....
I'm starting to realize that my feelings are not who I am. Through the course of one day, I can feel everything from peace to complete turmoil, from happiness to the depths of despair - and back again. I long for a steady life, one not at all dictated by what I feel. A life grounded in Truth and in Christ.
While this strumming pattern makes guitar playing sound interesting, it makes life difficult and often painful. It can bring about doubt - at least it can for me. And so I pray, as I often have before:
"may your good spirit lead me on level ground."