“Everything in the universe has rhythm, everything dances”Maya Angelou
I found this quote today and thought how beautiful it is.
It got me curious so I did a search to find out what Maya Angelou originally meant by it. I drew a blank, but that’s the great thing about quotes. It doesn’t really matter about the original meaning; it is about what it means to the reader and how it inspires them.
I think that is why I always loved studying English Literature. I enjoyed looking for the multiple and deeper meanings hidden in the text.
I haven’t quite decided what this quote means to me but, as a musician, I’m drawn to view it from a musical perspective and how music is woven into the fabric of life. Music is everywhere. Flowers and leaves dance in the breeze to an invisible tune, and insects and birds dart around to a hidden melody.
For some reason it brings to mind a favourite poem of my grandma’s; the famous verse by William Wordsworth:
“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze”.
The author notes that the “waves besides them danced” but the daffodils “out-did the sparkling waves in glee”. It is as though nature is dancing to a great symphony that is playing silently in the background.
Perhaps we need to take the time like Wordsworth to sit and notice the rhythm and the dance.
What does this quote mean to you?