It has been 2 weeks since I have entered a post. I thought January was typically a slow month but that has not been the case this year. I started off blogging October 2011 and was faithfully posting up until a few weeks ago. I feel like life is cramping me with all kinds of activities, although not bad things, but you can only do so much in a day.
I recently used my Christmas money to purchase a Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus. That was quite an investment for me but I am serious about furthering my guitar techniques. I have always loved music and the rhythm that guitar strings make, touches the core of my soul. But this post is not about music or guitars, it is about following our passions and being in control of them.
We all have different needs in our lives and the activities we follow meet those desires for us. These needs can change from one year to the next or from month to month. For me, those changes depend on how I control that activity. When the activity starts controlling me then I burn myself out. I am searching for a balance in my life. I want to incorporate new activities such as more time with my music but I also don’t want to forsake things such as this blog. Right now I do not see how I can post daily or even a certain amount each week. I don’t want to commit to a certain amount and then fail either. I will be posting as thoughts arise and let that be based on a day by day basis. Just know that if I do not post a blog for the day that I am working on other projects as well.
Socialization is very important to me and I like having time to spend with my family and friends on a daily basis. Sometimes that ranges from going out shopping with my Mom to raiding or running heroics with my guild family.
My relationship with God is also very important to me and I am trying to follow a plan with a friend that involves reading through the Bible in a year.
And you guessed it, I will be working on my music. I am following a program on a new PS3 game that should improve my skills greatly.
My encouragement for you today is, to find your balance, follow your dreams and desires, but don’t let them control you. You control them!
And if I could add a corny guitar play on words…. Don’t fret, control the chords of your life.
“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.”
Susan Polis Schutz
Isn’t it wonderful to hear a song that uplifts you?
Music can move us in so many ways and in so many directions of emotions.
I recently listened to a song that was posted on a blog written by Olive Tree, and it immediately brought tears to my eyes. It had so much deep feeling in it, and I felt a rush of my emotions as I listened to what the singer was trying to express.
I can’t help but listen to “Be Patient (Still)” by Smidi, without feeling emotions of happiness and sentimentality, and it’s completely instrumental.
I have many times cried while singing a hymn in church, because it brought out the pain I was feeling at the time.
Sometimes it is the words that bring great feelings, and sometimes it is the instruments, or it can be both, in how they are put together.
I’m sure you can think of songs that brings great emotion to you and stirs your soul, to either help with the pain you are feeling, or promote the energy in you, to do something great!
Listen to a song today that meets a need in you, and strums your heart strings.
“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”