Thursday, September 10, 2009

theme thursday = rhythm


Happiness

is not a matter of

intensity

but of

balance

order

rhythm

and

harmony.

Thomas Merton


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It's funny, looking back on all my years in
the
bay area and never thinking about moving away.
And then, had an opportunity,
packed a few
bags and haven't looked back.
Moving here, I thought, it's the usa,
what
can be so different.
But the rhythm here
is very different.
I'm sure much of it revolves around
the changing of seasons, which you
don't see in detail out west like you do here
and other parts of the world
with changing seasons.

24 comments:

California Girl said...

different parts of the country/world have different rhythms, that's for sure. New Englanders are hard as granite,slow to trust, careful with money. There is a dissonance here,compared to the rest of the country and it changes the rhythm of the people who live here.

Brian Miller said...

i could not agree more. having moved quite a bit the rhythms are drastically different. but before long we assume the rhythm...

willow said...

The midwest does have a lovely rhythm all its own. I long to live near the sea, but my roots are firmly planted in farm land.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Very well put. In relocating so much I've found the rhythm of voices, of talking, to be the most direct, and the energy flows from there. -Jayne

Wings said...

Yes, it is so true.

Having spent 99% of my life in New England, the few times I have ventured out, I instantly notice the change in 'rhythm'.

And scurry on back. ;)

subtorp77 said...

California Girl's right about New England( and what we talked about a while back ). I've been here for twenty years and have developed so many of the mannerisms and rhythms, you'd think I was a native-LOL! When I lived in New Mexico, it was vastly different...

And cool tune!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

I too have noticed how the rhythm of life varies from place to place...however, cleveland and connecticut have similar seasonal change and the rhythm of the places so, so different! season is a factor, but think there's other stuff too.

hey GREAT quote!! (tee hee I used it today also!!) what's that about great minds.....

Dreamhaven said...

I have always loved the changing seasons, full of ends and beginnings. I find that after I've been somewhere else for awhile, I'm always glad to come back to my roots

Café P11 said...

I have a friend from Omaha (in his nearly sixties), after lived 25 years in Guatemala he came back to live in the USA, soon he returned, he could not stand the coldness of the people.
It is very hard to leave here.

e said...

I grew up in a different country and miss the rhythms there the longer I'm here...Great quote.

Colette Amelia said...

yes indeed every place has its own rythym and when you find one that is in sync with your own beautiful music is made!

Candie Bracci said...

I have found that really beautiful!

Sara said...

It's an interesting observation about the rhythm of the seasons.

Here in the heartland they make their presence known with dramatic entrances and loud conversation--and yet I can still be surprised on days like today when it occurs to me that summer is yielding to my favorite time of year, and i find myself wondering "When did THAT happen?"

Merle Sneed said...

I think you're right.

Emerging From The Fire said...

Dang. I need to learn THAT lesson. I love the intensity, but it has a tendency to burn me out. Thanks, CM!

mum said...

"Laws are made in Sacramento and broken in Reno," it reads on the card. I thought that was funny.

Here's to the forces of creation, destruction and preservation mentioned above the comment widget . Those forces are beautifull illustrated on the astronomy picture of the day website (a photo titled 'Stephan's Quintet - if you read this after September 11th, it will be archived for that date):

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

cheers, cm.

Celeste Maia said...

I love seeing the changing of season. In Africa we only had two seasons, very hot and slightly less hot. Here we have all four. And I am ready for Fall, the crisp days, the theatres opening with new plays, the smell of roasting chestnuts. Enjoy your four seasons!

Baino said...

Australia is very homogeneous so the rhythm is the same . .the only diversity being the beach culture and the inland culture. . .the rest, are cities around the coast that basically have the same rhythm. Nice observation.

Not For Jellyfish said...

I definitely feel the rhythms of the different parts of the world. I miss my home rhythm, and I'm going back to it soon enough... :)

Books,Coffee,etc.... said...

Hi! C.M.,
Nice graphics,
Nice quote by Thomas Merton,
Nice sounds and I agree with you,
and the importance of rhythm
like Subby77, pointed out in his post about rhythm involving much more than dancing.

Take care!
DeeDee ;-D

Books,Coffee,etc.... said...

...and Kabbalah's quote is very apropos too!
DeeDee ;-D

Coffee Messiah said...

Thanks for all your comments.

Time goes faster out here too, unless it's just getting older?

eyemakeart said...

yes indeed, its like watching the earth breathe.

Coffee Messiah said...

ema: Thanks for stopping by and yes, it is.