The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Universal Language


If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.” Gustav Mahler

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 59:16

AIR: “a tune or short melodious composition, typically a song” New Oxford American Dictionary

There's a truth in music that can't be found in words alone. A melody can draw honesty from our soul when our mind seeks to hide the truth. It communicates with the heart instead of the logic, and there's no one it can't tell its story to. Music can bypass the abilities or disabilities of the human body. It can betray a musicians secrets and convey untold stories locked behind the bars of inhibition. The Grand Ol Opry member and award winning country singer and songwriter, Mel Tillis had a terrible stutter that completely vanished when he sang. Beethoven was deaf, but he still expressed himself through music and is one of history's great composers. Evelyn Glennie is the first musician to maintain a full time career as a solo percussionist, and she is deaf as well. The great blues musician Jeff Healey learned to play guitar and was even featured in the Patrick Swayze movie “Road House,” as a blind man. Reams of paper could be filled with the stories of unlikely musicians, but the truth is, music is a gift our Creator has blessed us with, so that we can express what can't be communicated in mere linguistics. I think you would agree, music is most prevalent and meaningful when we find ourselves speechless. Sometimes it's good to be quiet, sit back, stop trying to explain the logic of things and enjoy the beauties of creation that have been given to us. Music is one of them.

Daily Journaling Questions:
      1. How did I help someone today?
      2. What act of kindness did I perform today?
      3. What did I learn today?
      4. Who did I love today?
      5. What about today do I want to remember forever?
      6. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading.
Jake

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