I met recently with some colleagues to discuss a forthcoming book [which I will bore you to tears about in the coming months.] Someone pointed to this passage as being especially meaningful to her:
Your guitar knows more about this than we do. The music itself is the result of tensions. If the strings are not taut enough, there will be no music. If they are too taut, they will snap. “My God!” he proclaimed with a yelp of joy. “Tension can be creative, if we learn to hold it in balance. No tension equals no music. It’s not about eliminating tensions, but about balancing them. All we need to do is hold the tensions, and let God make the music.
I confess that I had not really paid attention to it until she brought it to my attention. But how true it is – there can be no music unless there is tension. So it can be creative and all we have to do is hold competing tensions in balance.
Sounds easy but…