A friend of mine, Chris Leon, shared with me a new expression that I like a lot. He says that “life rhymes”. When I asked him what that means he provided some great insight that I want to share with you.
When something rhymes, it means that it belongs or that it makes sense. There’s something pleasurable about a good rhyme because it feels as if it were meant to be that way, and that the melody of the words deliver the experience of a good fit.
You could reason that sometimes life makes sense, and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s when you dive a layer deeper into this thought where it gets really interesting. For something to rhyme means that the same familiar sound comes back over and over again. You can predict what’s going to happen at the end of a rhyming verse because it’s going to have a similar sound to the last one.
When life rhymes, it means that the lessons and concepts are all familiar. When you read more books, listen to more podcasts, consume more materials, it all really says the same thing. Everyone has their own way of saying it, which is important and necessary, but the basic elements point to the same fundamentals.
David Meltzer says that "we keep making the mistakes until we learn the lesson". This suggests that we experience the same problems over and over again until we make an adjustment. This is an example of how life rhymes. There’s not as much variety to what’s going on as you might think.
Now in order to make the most out of life, knowing that you’ll keep encountering the same recurring things, you need to turn theory into practice. The art of personal development is taking the advice and knowledge you acquire and implementing it. It needs to create a tangible difference in the way you approach the design of your life in order for it to leave an impact.
And if you don’t, you’ll keep hearing the same rhyming lines on repeat with the familiar feeling that you’ve heard the song before. But ultimately the message won’t leave a lasting impression until you choose to do something with it.