Here we are. Plunked into August. That may or may not mean anything to you. However, it’s a big deal to me. I actually find this big deal shocking to my entire being. The reason is all about this business of blogging. A couple of years ago I was searching for some kind of a creative endeavor. The one thing that was available to me was the one thing I was trying to avoid. Isn’t that the way? The things we do our best to avoid have a way of jumping up and biting us. That’s what happened. Ouch!
As part of my avoidance plan I considered learning a new musical instrument. At one time I was fascinated by the dulcimer. A friend had one I borrowed to see if this could be my musical niche. I took a few lessons from Maestro You Tube. I learned the basics rather quickly. Even strummed a few songs. However, after a couple of weeks, ennui set in. The dulcimer experiment was over.
When I was growing up many of us kids were “persuaded” to take piano lessons. What if I revived my piano skills, such as they were? What if I got a small keyboard, I could play at my leisure, or not; whatever my mood fancied? I purchased a just right keyboard that fit into my apartment very unobtrusively. This lack of obtrusiveness made it easy to ignore the just right keyboard. I managed to play a few tunes before outfitting it with a lovely dust cover. Every once in awhile the just right keyboard calls out to me. We make some music together and go our separate ways 'til the next time. The next time has yet to roll around.
There I was, once again faced with the unavoidable – writing. Ugh. The idea of a blog was put before me. There are so many reasons this was a bad idea. Long story short, a lengthy, neurotic internal dialogue ensued. Finally, coming up with a psychologically acceptable exit strategy, gave me the impetus to go for it. Somehow, I managed to go 2 full years without missing a single week. Hoping for the same as I begin year 3.
There are 2 morals to this story:
One: That which we avoid may be exactly what we need to learn, to grow, to expand our awareness, our understanding and our abilities.
Two: Sometimes we are called to do something for a greater purpose. That purpose may not be known to us at the time. Yet, acting on it may lead to something extraordinary.
Comments are welcomed.