Meter

: systematically arranged and measured rhythm in verse
(1) : rhythm that continuously repeats a single basic pattern
(2) : rhythm characterized by regular recurrence of a systematic arrangement of basic pattern in larger figures

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Meter (n.1): also metre, “poetic measure,” Old English metermeter, versification,” from Latin metrum, from Greek metrona verse; that by which anything is measure, length, size, limit, propotion.” Possibly reborrowed early 14th century (after a 300-year gap in recorded use).

Meter (n.2): also metre, unit of length, 1797 from métre (18c), from Greek metronmeasure.” Developed by French Academy of Sciences for system of weights and measures based on a decimal originated 1670 by French clergyman Gabriel Mouton. Originally intended to be one ten-millionth of the length of a quadrant of the meridian.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running.”

Groucho Marx (1890-1977 American comedian and film and television star, and one of the Marx Brothers, who was known for snappy one-liners and sharp wit.)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/groucho-marx-594094

“‘Perfection’ to me is, I walk away from a situation and say, ‘I did everything I could do right there. There was nothing more that I could do.’ I was a hundred percent, like the meter was at the top. There was nothing else I could have done. You know? Like I worked as hard as I possibly could have. That’s perfection.”

Drake (b. Aubrey Drake Graham in 1986, Canadian recording artist, songwriter, record producer and actor)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_(rapper)

“So many directors say nothing beautifully, and so many others say great and profound things but have no idea how to read a light meter or arrange a shot.”

George Cukor (1899-1883, American film director, known for his work on My Fair Lady (1964), The Philadelphia Story (1940), and Adam’s Rib (1949))

Bio Source:

www.imdb.com/name/nm0002030/

“I want to prove that if you write in strict meter and rhyme about subjects people care about, they will buy poetry.”

Felix Dennis (1947-2014, British poet, publisher, entrepreneur, and philanthropist)

Bio Source:

www.felixdennis.com

“Life is tons of discipline. Your first discipline is your vocabulary; then your grammar and your punctuation… Then, in your exuberance and bounding energy you say you’re going to add to that. Then you add rhyme and meter. And your delight is in that power.”

Robert Frost (1874-1963, a highly regarded American poet and playwright, whose poetic composition tied him to both the 19th tendencies and traditions as well as to his 20th century contemporaries.)

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/robert-frost

“In a long meter hymn, a singer – they call it ‘lays out a line.’ And then t he whole church joins in in repeating that line. And they form a wall of harmony so tight, you can’t wedge a pin between it.”

Maya Angelou (1928-2014, Marguerite Johnson, American author, poet, playwright, actress, historian, filmmaker, civil rights activist, and teacher)

Bio Source:

mayaangelou.com

Meditation

“Life is tons of discipline. Your first discipline is your vocabulary; then your grammar and your punctuation… Then, in your exuberance and bounding energy you say you’re going to add to that. Then you add rhyme and meter. And your delight is in that power.”

— Robert Frost

If you can find your rhythm in any endeavor you pursue, you can do just about anything.  Our wise brother Robert Frost was so on point.  Discipline is The Key in Life’s ongoing developments.  Habits and practices can unfold the possibilities and facilitate the deep nurturing of your soul.

This rhythmic meter can also inspire the music to dance and can transform your perception of work into play and joy.

Over the years I have been fortunate to roll out such spiritual practices as meditation, prayer, walking, communing with nature, the love of art, writing, music, and the pursuits of happiness, inner peace, and grace.  These habits and practices took, over time, a great deal of discipline to develop, but are now an intricate part of my soul’s repertoire.

You never know what’s truly in you until you start poking around and start doing those things that you are curious about and love.

Whatever practice or discipline you choose to develop, it helps to start out small, to go steady, and to be consistent.  Ease in and be guided by your inner tempo and navigational guidance system.  Then you will get to know what needs to be evolved and pursued.

Trust yourself and before you know it, new ideas will spiral out and excite you, and will promote further spontaneity and love in your creations, which will ultimately be the gifts to you and to the world.

Stay curious, my friends, and have a very lovely weekend.

With  Love, Tonya

 

 

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