Rhythms are vastly underrated. Although we all seek the excitement of new things and great adventures, let us not forget that every transition, good or bad, disrupts rhythms.
When the adventure is over, going back to the rhythm is like being rocked to sleep with a soft lullaby. It is a heaven all its own, but not nearly as easy falling asleep as you might think.
One must settle in, and wait patiently for body and mind to pick up where the rhythm left off. It is time wasted for some, and a whole lifestyle for others.
Transition. Good ones or bad ones, our bodies fight it. Our minds fight it. We even have words for it: STRESSED OUT. UNFOCUSED. JET LAGGED. OUT OF SYNC.
Are the most stressful times in our lives really just dealing with a transition?
And maybe, just maybe, is our ability to RECOGNIZE transitions (first) and deal with transitions (second) what makes some more successful (and more happy?) than others?
The most successful person you know has probably mastered the art of transition. You know who they are. They walk that delicate line between a life of adventure and a life of direction and purpose.
Magnetically, we are drawn to them. They are our leaders. They are often described as having the ability to travel to their own beat. What is it they hear that we don't?
The easier it is to hear the beat, the easier it is to stay on course. Staying on course is a major component of happiness, but loses all the limelight to the thrill of adventures and the starring role created from our latest drama. Why is that?
Our jobs are complicated because we must constantly deal with families that are in a MAJOR transition, and be their calming force. We must deal with MAJOR transitions that have transpired within our industry.
And unlike others who receive the same paycheck week in and week out, we must somehow transition from paycheck to paycheck, from good months to bad months, often dictated by forces beyond our control.
We must deal with a constant state of professional and economic transition.
Damn, all of that transition is distracting. And noisy. And stressful. Somewhere, underneath it all, it pays to remember this: the beat goes on.
Even if it is only the faintest of sounds on some days.
Listen for the rhythm. Hear the beat. It will naturally calm you. Stay consistent. Honor your commitments. Eliminate the helter skelter.
Sunrise, sunset. One season melting into the next. One wave lapping the shore right after another.
And even on the stormiest of days, if you listen carefully, you can find calm within the storm.
You can hear the rhythm of the rain.
Written by Janet Guilbault, Mortgage Lending Expert Based Out of the San Francisco Bay Area