There is a song that sings to every soul where the melody and words break through every barrier. People build walls and chains around themselves and others. Some divide and bound us by culture, religion, or gender, others’ divide by different personal expectations and experiences. Yet, this song plays on. It seeks to connect with one’s soul. It connects with the knowing within us that there is more – more to this world. More than what we’ve see. More than what we’ve experienced. More than what we know…and yes, that we were made for more.
You know it. It’s what makes you pause at it’s mention. It’s what makes you wonder. It’s what pushes you to stand up against injustice, be charitable, serve another, and admire those who do the same. It makes you feel alive!
Humanity is a beautiful tapestry, expressing different colors, cultures, and experiences. So, this search may look different from one to the next. The search, your search, my search, may be diverse, but all are connected in the pursuit that there is more.
Joel McKerrow’s piece called “Search” expresses this in poetic form. He is an international touring performance poet, writer, speaker, educator, and community arts worker based in Melbourne, Australia. In this poetic piece it starts with a girl sitting on a couch looking rather drawn and down. McKerrow’s rhythmic words burst forth. The girl moves in sync with his words. It symbolizes the words coming alive within her. It is the words lived out. It’s a dramatic and vivid piece.
It stirred me. In fact I watched it several times. Here is a set of strings that resonate with me from this piece: [content_box_light_blue width="75%"]“To see the beauty of what would be, she must innerface away from what was…turn away from the ropes that wrap around & the chains that bound…don’t look back with longing for your longing should always face the direction your feet are pointing…Run! Run like your world is just about to begin!”[/content_box_light_blue] This challenges me. The call to go forward is a call to search out the “more” in life. I am thankful for what I have seen and experienced. And yet, I yearn for more. I know that there is more to life. But, in order to see more, I must be willing to see… [content_box_light_blue width="75%"]“For it is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” Epictetus[/content_box_light_blue]
So, jump in if it’s your first time, tip your toe if it helps, either way, first time or journeyman, sink into the song, bath yourself in the melody that beckons you to search for more. Spread your wings. McKerrow’s piece echos the cry within my soul yearning for that which is Greater than me. I hope this blesses you and continues to move you in your search. I am interested in hearing your story and how this piece resonates with you. Please leave your comments below.
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