The Sound of Music

The hills are alive with the sound of music
‘With songs they have sung for a thousand years
‘The hills fill my heart with the sound of music
‘My heart wants to sing every song it hears

Who remembers the Sound of Music? I would have been a billionaire if I had gotten 5 dollars every time I had either watched the 3-hour movie or heard any of its tracks. Not to mention the performances of any of the pieces in choir at school. At one point, I’m sure I thought there were no other songs to sing!

Anyway, freedom, as I’ve been sharing over the past couple of weeks, does this – it places a new song in our hearts, it makes us alive! Allow me to take your mind back to the scene for the performance of this number: The Sound of Music. Maria stepped out into the Alps and was superlatively enthralled and captivated by the expanse of it. I look at her again, and I think, ‘What joy! What liberation! What freedom!’ The spirit of the song is contagious, wouldn’t you say?

Freedom can do this – it places such a song in our hearts that the world wants to partake. There might be those who, in exasperation ask, ‘How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?’ For the most part, though, your spirit of freedom will be infectious (to use a word that isn’t in our good books these days in the midst of the pandemic)…but I’m sure you catch my drift.

As Maria would continue in song:

‘My heart wants to beat like the wings
‘Of the birds that rise from the lake to the trees

My heart wants to sigh like a chime that flies
‘From a church on a breeze

Imagine the levity of spirit to ‘sigh like a chime that flies from a church on a breeze’! There is such exhilaration in that, wouldn’t you say? Who can stop you? What can stop you? Am I promoting escapism? For the cynics amongst us, perhaps. For those who are in search of something more, something deeper, something richer, something more purposeful than what is in hand at the moment, I would say not.

This freedom builds an indefatigable and unconquerable spirit, a spirit that allows us:

To laugh like a brook when it trips and falls
‘Over stones on its way
‘To sing through the night like a lark
‘Who is learning to pray

This is the freedom we enjoy when we come into our purpose. This is the freedom that we allow to shackle us when we have found what we were searching for. This is the freedom that is limitless.

And in the event that there is a day that finds us down, we know, like Maria we can say:

I go to the hills when my heart is lonely
‘I know I will hear what I’ve heard before
‘My heart will be blessed with the sound of music
‘And I’ll sing once more

Friends, will you allow yourselves to sing, even it be just once more? I encourage you to.

That’s it for me this week.

Love, peace & joy!

The Sound of Music

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