Theoretical Physicists of course have their own ideas
about ‘string theory’ as it relates to Physics, Gravity, experimental tests,
relativity and The Universe. And we can get into theories and
sub-theories about what all of it means. But if you take the idea of
strings down to a very elementary tangible and material level of being, what do
you think of?
When you think of string … what’s the first thing
that comes to your mind? Do you think of a ball of twine? Do you
think of Marionette puppets? Do you think of string on a
kite? Perhaps you may have a string that is hanging from your shirt
pocket that you are looking at right now, the dental floss you used this
morning, or even string that is helping attach plant vines to a trellis
or support stick in a potted plant. If you’re channeling Julie
Andrews in “Sound of Music” – you’re probably thinking of ‘brown paper
packages tied up with string…. These are a few of my favorite things…”
When you think of string instruments you probably
think of the guitar, violin, cello, bass, piano and harp. If you are
really into music you probably have heard of the zither, ruan, ektara, koto,
mandolin, dan bau, sitar, Appalachian dulcimer or Hawaiian ukulele.
String instruments which have a way of creating the
feeling of well-being, perhaps because they produce sound through
vibration. Vibration resonates and notes are created from direct contact
with the strings and are based on string or scale length. Most
instrumental music is soothing, calming, peaceful, emotional, somber,
reflective or just happy and upbeat. No matter what the mood, instruments
themselves somehow provide a balanced vibe just because they are vehicles for musicians
to express themselves as they are either plucked, bowed, or struck.
For those without musical strings attached, strings
have their own way of showing up in our lives. But we must not always look at
the string as being ‘tied,’ ‘knotted,’ ‘frayed’ or ‘tangled’ in the perspective
of impossibility. If we look at strings this way, we are doomed to
stay stuck in a messed up mindset which is not a healthy way to live.
Much like a life puzzle, we can look at how string can
be helpful and useful. If we look at string as thread or yarn, we can
create something magnificent. If we examine a shoestring for example, we
can see how we can keep our shoes on or be crafty with a limited budget and
challenge ourselves to make the most of what we have.
Sometimes strings can actually assist us in holding
things together. Sometimes we must cut strings which bind us, hold us
back from our potential and imprison us from living our best lives. But quite
often strings can be woven into a beautiful life tapestry of many colors so we
can witness with our own eyes, how far we have come in our journey and what we
have accomplished and created along our own pathway.
have a choice as to what to do with our strings. And we must celebrate the
differences in how we choose to use them.
One person can be happiest creating art with it. Another may want to make
a clothesline outside to give it a practical use. Someone else may truss a beef
roast and put it in the oven. While two children could tie tin cans to it
and play telephone and communicate with it. The best part is
realizing that what we do with the string is just as much a part of who we are,
as it is with our own connection to what matters to us in our lives.
Strings can be woven into something more if we choose, too. There is always a
greater purpose for strings than ourselves.
have a way of resonating with more than just music, we can rhythmically be
synchronized in our ways of thinking and being. Often our thoughts, life
purpose, mission and initiative can be like the music strings and truly
resonate with others whereby we can create movements for proactive change in
our world – creating a world vibration.
But it is up to us to each untangle our string and
wind it up and keep the ball rolling in forward movement if we are to make
progress, hopefully leaving a thread trail for others to follow suit in making
a difference somehow, some way, somewhere.
~ Athena & Tess
– We Solved It