Playing The Keyboard In Your Mind

Life is like a piano. A concert pianist comes into the great hall of life and plays Bach, Brahams, and Rachmanioff and there is tumultuous applause and a standing ovation.

After the concert one of the members of the clean-up crew walks over and begins to peck on the same piano. After a few seconds of sour sounds the rest of the clean-up crew begins to yell for him to stop.

What is the difference between these two situations? It there any difference in the piano? No the piano is the same–a Steinway, a Yamaha, or a whatever. The pianist and the clean-up guy have played the very same instrument, but the difference is that the pianist had learned how to play with a style and grace that produced harmony, melody, and exquisite beauty.

All the clean-up guy did, however, was to pound out discord, chaos, and noise. It is not the piano’s fault. It is how the piano is being played.

This is a amazing analogy of life. Some folks enter life and they emit lovely sounds. Their lives are positive, upbeat, happy, and contented. They indeed “make beautiful music” with their lives.

Other folks make nothing but noise all through life. They continually produce misery and mayhem for themselves and others.

Most of us are somewhere in the middle — not profoundly miserable, but not that happy either. We are sort of in between in an emotional limbo. We’re the bland leading the bland.

So what determines the sounds we make in life? Just like a piano, life is all in how we play the keyboard of our mind. We can put forth the time and effort to learn to play our mind with the skill of a concert pianist, producing joy and peace. Or we can randomly pound on our mental keyboard and produce sadness and anxiety.

Our emotions, attitudes, and thoughts — whether good or bad — are not just random happenings. We, ourselves, are producing them by the way we are playing the keyboard in our mind. And that is good news! If we don’t like our feelings and thoughts that we are producing, we can change them by learning to play our mental keyboard more effectively.

So where do we get mental keyboard lessons? You can find lessons about how to play the keyboard in your mind in several places: self-help/positive thinking books; motivational tapes, CDs, and DVDs; personal growth seminars; the Bible; and from a mentor who is playing her/his mental keyboard well. I’ve been taking mental keyboard lessons for years and I highly recommend them to you.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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14 Responses to Playing The Keyboard In Your Mind

  1. Jeff says:

    I’ve seen the “sour notes” all too often–in myself and in others. Thankfully I do catch myself after a while if I’m being a downer. What I’d like your, or other readers’ advice on, is if I know somebody close to me who is regularly down, & I want to show them I feel for them & can understand their frustrations, while at the same time not encouraging their extended wallowing, how can I best handle that?

    • Steve Simms says:

      Jeff: I’ve found one of the best ways to encourage a person who is down and/or discouraged is to pray with them. Another thing is to distract them by doing something entertaining. Sometimes a brief motivational talk helps, too.

      However, if you can get them out of their sadness, don’t let it pull you down. Sometimes you just have to limit how much time you spend with them.

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