Rhythm. If you don’t have it, you should get it back.
Rhythm is an interesting thing. When I was training in Krav Maga, I could learn the techniques but struggled to combine them into fluid transitions. Self-defense that isn’t fluid is basically useless. During one of the classes, the chief instructor had us all slow down to the point where we were almost motionless. He mentioned we each have our own unique rhythm and that we had to get to know what it was.
He taught us that when we found our own personal rhythm we would know it because all of the techniques would instantly become smooth. Once we identified and learned to understand our rhythm, we could then speed up our movements as long as we kept that rhythm. In no time at all I found I could pick up a lot of speed and power very easily. This also made it easier for me to add new techniques to my skill set.
Rhythm is very important in our daily lives, business, and relationships. We need to pay attention to our rhythm, especially when we feel we are struggling or stumbling in any way. Below are a few examples of rhythm not being exactly in sync.
Hurricane Harvey left a trail of destruction that will have far reaching long-term implications. Recovery efforts are well under way, however, the return to normal is far over the horizon. Normal to me is defined by the restoration of rhythm to businesses, personal life, highway traffic and so on.
Traffic patterns in Houston for example have been disrupted not just by the damage caused by the hurricane, but by the rescue and recovery efforts. People from all over the country are in Houston and have become part of our daily commute. They have different driving habits than we do and this throws off the rhythm. While we are 1000% appreciative of their support, traffic is heavier in some areas, faster in others, and even more polite in others. Some of this is caused by their presence, but also by how we’ve been changed by the catastrophe.
Fast food restaurants are a great example of the rhythm being off kilter. The drive-thru’s staff is doing their best, however, in many places they just can’t seem to get it together. This isn’t a complaint, just a recognition of the fact they are dealing with difficulties that I may be unaware of. It seems anytime there are two people having to work together, they are tripping over each other. I’ve seen a single person running a Domino’s handling the phone, making pizza’s, packaging pizza’s, addressing customers questions all while making it look like a wonderful dance. Another waiting customer and I were so amazed at this young lady’s “get it done” attitude that we made her uncomfortable with our staring and quiet comments. We made sure to let her know how much we were amazed and how thankful we were of her.
Even on a personal level when bad things happen our rhythm can be disrupted. We find ourselves looking for some sense of normalcy. Walking through my living room three days after the hurricane I found myself looking for a package that should have arrived by now. It wouldn’t have been a blip on my radar had I not realized I wasn’t expecting a shipment of any kind. My mind was looking for something normal to latch on to. My rhythm was off and I had to reset to get back on track.
A friend once told me that when we leave this world all that we have to offer is what we have learned along the way. I hope you have found this article useful for helping to deal with any struggle to get your rhythm back.