Special Feature: The Song and Beauty of Life
by Mrs. Chevie Klatzko
The gleaming smoothness of the oak floor stretches before you like a canvas. The high ceiling and simple walls envelope you in the stillness of solitude. And in the center, ever so perfectly, this one at an angle, this one high on a stool sits the polished ensemble of instruments.
The piano is off to the right, the drums to the far left and in between, the violins, bass, trumpet and more.
All this beauty – this grandeur, it’s magnificent. You find yourself straining to hear the echo of the music last played. As if the walls had soaked up the sound and would resonate with it if you listened hard enough.
What rises instead is an expectant silence; a sense of frustrated waiting as the instruments sit immobile.
Circling the room, you have a sense that you’ve just spent a moment in the company of a lesson. The piano hadn’t asked for rest, nor the guitar to be lain down. They aspire to be played. They were designed for movement, pressure and challenge. For where there’s no tension, there’s no sound. It’s the crash of the cymbals, the beating of the drums that brings forth rhythm from the silence.
There needs to be a point of contention, a plucking of strings to bring forth results.
With hushed footsteps, you take note of the tall black podiums that hold the music yet to be played. The marks and notations on the sheets vary with each instrument. The trumpet enters as the violins fade. The clarinets have their own instruction. Yet the title of the work is the same. In beautiful flowing script: LIFE
Life. Your life. Is there anything we want more than a pulsing, vibrant, meaningful life? It is synonymous with growth. And growth can only come through an honest search for awareness and authentic change, not through comfort & complacency.
Playing the music of life means taking a step away from passivity. It means not being content to rest comfortably in a polished room. If the keys remain untouched and unchallenged all their potential would be locked away in the stillness of apathy.
We must dare to open the book, to read the notes and grapple with them. To know that the pain and friction of our experience is the bow being drawn across the strings.
Our challenges are the birth of our ever greater selves.
We’re each a masterpiece of lines converging together in harmonious poetry.
We have a loving father, our creator, he created life. Life is a symphony with myriads of subtle harmonies and bold melodies woven together.
The whole world is a song of Hashem to behold.
In Hashem’s world there are Singers. They know their parts to perfection. When we’re down, or anxious we feel as if we’re not in tune with the Singers of the World. The heart may cry, “What notes to play? How do I fit in?” Or perhaps the cry is quieter, “I feel out of sync, am I part of this orchestra?”
Where does this voice resonate from? From the deepest reaches of the soul. The neshama wants to sing. Lemaan yizamrcha kavod velo ydom, so that I can sing your praises and never be silent.” It knows its place in the symphony and it knows that every stroke of the bow adds to the music. When we feel out of sync it’s our neshamos begging us to play our part.
In order to be in sync one must make changes and live life courageously with purpose. At times it’s knowing when to sing solo and when to join in with other voices. There’s only one song to sing Hashamyim mesaprim kevod kel, the Heavens tell the glory of Hashem. This song, our true service in this world is not about our Kavod but rather Hashem’s Kavod. This can be brought into expression through our self development. How much we emulate Hashem’s majestic traits, that’s how much honor we bring into this world.
Change is about joining that song, moving from the protected space of routine identity into the sunlight where every challenge brings forth music. LIFE is played through our struggles. The music comes alive through our work .Each one of us is empowered to honor the voice of our neshama,to believe in ouur song,and to practice our own piece of music.
What is the melody that is uniquely yours?
The conductor beckons, won’t you join in?
Mrs. Chevie Klatzko, known for her vivacious, approachable, and warm-hearted personality, has been involved in mentoring for well over a dozen years. She is a graduate of the Maalot Yerushalaim Coaching Training Program where she is currently employed as a supervisor for student coaches. She leads engaging workshops providing life tools and communication skills.
Mrs. Klatzko is a talented life coach specializing in Relationships and Parenting. With her deep insight and a knack for seeing situations from a child’s perspective, she helps her clients achieve clarity, confidence, and enjoyment as parents and partners. She supports her clients through change, empowering them to lead more effective and fulfilling lives.
Mrs. Klatzko is passionate about coaching and makes it part of her real world model. She lives in Yerushalaim with her husband Rabbi Raphael Klatzko and their many precious gems.
Mrs. Klatzko is passionate about coaching and makes it part of her real world model.
She lives in Yerushalaim with her husband Rabbi Raphael Klatzko and their many precious gems.
Mrs. Klatzko can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org