“It made you want to kick down walls and ascend the sky on steps of fire. It made you want to pull all the switches and throw all the levers and stick your fingers in the electric socket of the universe to see what happened next.”
Terry Pratchett, Soul Music
This quote is a reference to music played by an odd collection of musicians, on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. Magic guitars and organ playing orang-utans aside (you have to read the book), these words really made me think. What makes me “want to kick down walls” or “pull all the switches”? When do I feel like I am ascending the “sky on steps of fire”? I know; no-one can live with that kind of intensity and energy all the time. But if I’m honest, I have to say that I do want it some of the time. Even though daily life is full of the ordinary, and quietness of soul is a necessity (and a joy), it seems to me that we need a pulse at the heart of our experience. A pulse that draws and drives us on and keeps us from settling into mediocrity and the apathy that can so easily characterise our existence. After a ride a few evenings ago, a friend and I looked up at a slice of moon through the trees in the paddock. It was breathtaking, the kind of image that brings to mind magic and unicorns and all things ethereal. We were part of it, together with the horses and the sky and the cool night air. I was filled with a sense of the power and beauty at the heart of life. Sometimes that same feeling gathers in me when I listen to a favourite piece of music, the sound of my husband’s laughter or the wind rushing through the trees. I feeI it when I write, and when I read books or poems created with love and attention. So here is my question to you. What makes you want to “stick your finger in the socket of the universe”? And when you find out what it is, will you make time for it? Will you find a space for it in the buzz and hum of your days? I hope you do; I hope you find yourself brimming with a sense of the possibility alive in every moment.