A Beautiful Lesson from a Guitar

life lessons Sep 21, 2023
Illustration of Charis Santillie listening to someone playing a guitar
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🎧 👉 Prefer audio? You can also listen to me share about this in podcast episode #075 here.

I recently started following Morgan Harper Nichols on Instagram. I'd describe her as an inspirational artist. She currently has 1.9 million followers, and you can check out her Instagram profile here. I absolutely adore her posts. Most of them are incredibly colorful and include fantastic messages—pure inspiration.

Recently, there was a specific post that struck a chord with me (no pun intended...yet upon proofing this, I realized the synchronicity of my word choice, as you'll come to understand later). She's essentially discussing the feeling of overwhelm and the uncertainty of the future, aiming to remind us that we're not alone. She wanted to share something she realized.

As it turns out, she plays the acoustic guitar. While playing it, she had an epiphany. She noticed that the music emerging from the guitar didn't originate solely from the guitar's body. It actually emanated from the dark void behind the strings. It's a place we can't see very well—a mysterious, dark area. Yet, it's from there that the music ascends. This led her to ponder, what if it's okay for the future not to always feel bright? What if we can trust in the darkness? As she eloquently puts it, "the music will still rise up as it was meant to."

I absolutely adored this visualization. I admired the way she articulated it visually and in words. It's an image carousel with multiple images and words that tell the story. The concept is beautiful: from the darkest place emerges the beauty. I found it stunning, and while it might be a common notion in the world of music, it was new to me, and I felt a strong urge to share it with you.

I also wanted to introduce you to her. I don't know her personally; I only started following her a couple of weeks ago. As I mentioned, I love what she shares on Instagram.

I genuinely hope you enjoyed this beautiful concept and metaphor as much as I did. 

“And it was from the darkest place of the instrument, the music began to play.” 

– Morgan Harper Nichols

🎧 👉 Prefer audio? You can also listen to me share about this in podcast episode #075 here.

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