The Rhythm

I really appreciate it when friends share great stuff with me. Since this one is pretty great, I’m sharing it with you, too. 

The Rhythm

In any creative feat

(by which I mean your work, your art, your life)

There will be downtimes.


Or so it seems.

Just as the earth is busy before the harvest

And a baby grows before its birth,

There is no silence in you.

There is no time of nothingness.


What if,

During the quiet times,

When the idea flow is hushed and hard to find

You trusted (and yes, I mean trusted)

That the well was filling, the waters moving?


What if you trusted

That for the rest of eternity,

Without prodding, without self-discipline,

Without getting over being yourself,

You would be gifted every ounce of productivity you need?

What would leave you? What would open?


And what if during the quiet times you ate great meals

And leaned back to smile at the stars,

And saw them there, as they always are,

Nourishing you?


There are seasons

And harvest is only a fraction of one of them.


There is a rhythm that made everything.

The next time you stand in the kitchen, leaning,

The next time a moment of silence catches you there,

Hear it, that rhythm, and let it place a stone in your spine.

Let it bring you some place beautiful.

– Tara Sophia Mohr –


DAVID BERRY is the author of “A More Daring Life: Finding Voice at the Crossroads of Change” and the founder of RULE13 Learning. He speaks and writes about the complexity of leading in a changing world.

2 thoughts on “The Rhythm

  1. Hey David,

    This reminded me of one of my favorite quotes: “Without a certain margin of tranquility, truth succumbs.” Like the biblical “Be still and know!” or my dad’s addition to that… “for it’s in stillness that life’s sediment settles and the murky again becomes clear.”

    We just sold our place in Scripps Ranch (after 30 years) and bought this place:

    Magical place… I sit out in that spectacular back yard at night, lean back in my chair and gaze star-ward… I see satellites cross over… bright stars… faint stars… I hear silence… animals, birds… you’ll have to come out sometime. I believe you’d love it. Bring the kids. That pool is right around 90 extremely comfortable degrees.

    Best Always,

    Doug Walker

    Manager, HR Services, Service Operations

    3570 Carmel Mountain Rd.|Suite 180|San Diego, CA|92130

    OFFICE: 858-523-7840 | Mobile: 858-860-4012 | FAX: 858-523-7890

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