We lead our lives in a frenetic, noisy, chaotic time. No news flash here. I believe this can help – a simple, elegant cadence in our lifestyle and workstyle can center us, releasing fruitfulness and productivity.
Cadence is phrasing, rhythm, and flow.
Music: it’s the way melody and rhythm are composed to end and begin phrases, sections, or even movements.
Quality writing: words and phrases flow in an almost musical cadence. Speaking: she will modulate her voice, slightly falling in pitch at times. Dance: beat, rhythm, and measures.
Even life and work: instead of allowing things to randomly happen to us, we can create cadence.
Here’s a simple example of using cadence practically. Maybe we’re working on a big project. Whether it’s a solo effort or with a team, we can reconnect with the vision at the beginning of the week, establish weekly goals, and then look for three wins. At the end of the week we can reflect and ask, “What are three things that are going well?” and “What three things needing improvement?”
We’re using cadence on a weekly basis.
What we’ve done is set up a 7-day development loop, always keeping the desired outcome in mind. And we carry what’s good forward each week until the project is successfully completed. Cadence also includes healthy closure and new openings.
What about relationships? Maybe we’re in a season where we’re elevating our marriage to the next level. How can we use creative cadence? Or we’re investing in parenting or grandparenting … children thrive with cadence.
Perhaps we have a 30, 60, or 90-day health and wellness initiative underway.
It’s about flow, rhythm, and momentum. Creative cadence is living and working with flow and beauty. It is an art form.