I’ve recently been considering how important it is to “live in the moment.” We’ve all heard the cliché about how yesterday is past and tomorrow may never come – today is what we have. Taken at too simple a level we can all understand the silliness of such a comment. If we don’t learn from the past (including both failures and successes) and if we don’t plan for the future we are destined to lead a rather pointless existence. Still, we’ve all been guilty at one time or another of dwelling way too much on yesterday or dreaming an inordinate amount of time about tomorrow. So much so that we often miss the beauty of today. I think little children get it best. In observing my youngest granddaughter (age 3) I can see how she lives totally “in the moment” and is joyful most of the time.
Would that it could be so easy for all of us, but obviously that can’t be so. As adults we have regrets about the past and worries about the future that crowd in on our daily lives, crushing much of our potential joy. Still, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could somehow recapture some of the joy of a child? Over the years one of the most satisfying comments I have heard from members of my choral organizations is that our weekly two hour rehearsals provide such an intense period of concentration on a single activity (singing) that daily cares seem to evaporate during that period. I’m sure this doesn’t happen for everyone, and not even all the time for anyone, but what a goal!
Have you found that choral rehearsals sometimes enable you to temporarily put aside your cares and concerns? How do feel after a particularly inspiring or invigorating rehearsal? Does “living in the moment” become easier through your singing? Share your story.