What is the first thing that comes to mind when you read these two words?
1. to come together to form or make (something)
2. to create and write (a piece of music or writing)
As a musician, songwriter, and teacher by trade, I immediately think of creating something beautiful, whether it be a song, a painting, or a writing. Creating is a gift and an outlet to give the world a taste of how your mind works, sort of what makes you tick. I create music to voice feelings and emotions that cannot be expressed with words. Music speaks to the part of our brain that cannot be reached with conversation. Those who hear my music and understand its deepest meaning will understand the deepest parts of my soul and learn things about me and my life story that they would never learn in normal conversation.
Maybe you’re not artistic – not everyone is gifted in that area, but we can all compose something. What are you good at? What are your gifts? What can you create to show the world what you have to offer? For example, if you are an excellent cook, you can create recipes. If you sew, build, decorate, teach, parent, work at a desk, etc., find your strengths. What can you compose to show the world how great you are? Have you taken the time to develop your skills and become the best you can be at your gift?
1. having one’s feelings and expression under control; calm.
When I think of the adjective composed, I think calm, collected, one who has it all together. Do you have it all together? I certainly don’t, but working at it everyday gets me closer to where I need to be.
How do we accomplish a composed life day to day? Life throws us surprises, hurts, and challenges. God gave us our gift to get us through the tough times and to celebrate the good times. Go to your strength when you are hurting, need healing, need an outlet, or want to celebrate – create something beautiful and release.
Make it a goal to spend a certain amount of time every day on your gift. It’s good for the soul.
Compose to remain composed. Do it for yourself!