Sunday, April 19, 2009

One Beat at a Time

When I used to lead drumming circles, there was an exercise I used to use to get things started, called Building the Circle One by One.

One person would start, then others would add something as their turn came, until everyone was in the circle. They had the option of matching what was going on, making a counterpoint, harmonizing or somehow fitting in and accenting what was going on. The key was that you had to be silent and listen to what was happening before you, then add your sound.

By the time the circle went all the way around, everyone was playing together. That is a good model for getting a lot of things done. Take a good look at what others are doing before you jump in.

Bringing everyone together one beat at a time created a big sound from lots of little parts.

How else could this method apply in life?

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