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The Chords of Your Life

Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus

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

Passion or Passionate?

Do you have passion inside your heart, your soul, your body?
The answer is… of course you do!

BUT are you passionate and actually follow the desires of your innermost being?

As I constantly try to figure out life and all of its vast complexities, I ponder the thought of how I personally relate to it as being only one of the 13 billion people in the world. I wonder if I am only passionate in the small confines of the chamber of my head or do I passionately seek after that which I desire? What do YOU do?

Do you take those passions as whimsical thoughts that should be immediately dismissed from your mind’s processes because you think they are silly, irrational or stupid?

Do you think others will judge you and consider you foolish and poke fun at your attempts?

Do you let limitations or constraints set up by your own cruel inner self try to defeat you and tell you that you are not good enough, you do not deserve this happiness, you are unworthy?

The mind is so powerful. We can actually psych our own selves out into thinking anything we believe and the body will follow the mind.

Do we forget our personal potential and the greatness that can be us if we follow our God given talents and desires?

My question to myself and to you.. are you passionate?

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