Pauses Between Notes

A great pianist was once asked by an admirer, “How do you handle the notes as well as you do?” The artist answered, “The notes I handle no better than many pianists, but the pauses between the notes – that is where the art resides!”

I am confident that I’ve written about the wisdom above. Of course it applies to other talents. A great preacher like Luis used pauses in his sermons to great advantage and impact.

It also applies to life. Einstein would say that it was only in silence could he discover the truths to the universe.

I think our proverb goes deeper. It’s only what is beneath the surface, in the silent gaps, do we see the real human. How one looks, speaks, or performs are our notes, but what we think and feel are our pauses, and who we really are.

Next time you meet someone try to understand their pauses. God’s true creation is not found in the notes, but in the pauses.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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