to calm, quiet, or allay: to hush someone's fears. –noun
Friday, October 23, 2009
Can't Stop This Feeling
Its been a long time since I wrote.
Its been a long time since I have thought about my thoughts.
Thinking gets me into trouble. I think thinking gets a lot of us into trouble. We begin to wonder why we are living our lives a certain way, and we begin to devise plans on how to alter our state.
An altered state is temporary, whether that's one glass of wine too many or a cross-country move. The issue is the the same. The problem is the starving heart.
That type of soul deprivation leads to a myriad of other devastation's. Losing hope. Making wrong turns. Looking in windows that don't belong to you. Sleep-walking through life.
Although, I do love my sleep.
I hate mornings. I hate getting up. Especially on rainy, moody mornings that envelop me like a rain cloud. And yet, I pull myself out of bed, stumble to the kitchen, down a cup of coffee, and proceed through the day in a haze of "have-to".
I have to be accountable. I have to help pay the bills. I have to make calls. I have to send emails. I have to work out. I have to lose weight. I have to make dinner. I have to stop telling myself I have to lose weight. I have to stop looking for other modes of employment that will be just as meaningless 6 months down the road. I have to stop coveting peoples lives and careers and art and freedom.
I have to create my own!
I am caught in the storm. The cyclone of conundrum in which where, how, and when wreck havoc on the edges of my threadbare dreams with the force of a defibrillator.
I mostly get bogged down in the middle earth of it all- the when.
I know I am not the only person who longs to get outside on nice days, who wants to see what they are really made of when all they are left to their own devices. Their own imaginations, their own God-given talents. To see what tools they really have when they get the chance to carve their own way out of that mountain in front of them.
And I do believe that God gives out talents. I believe that he created each of us to fulfill a spot.
But as I get older, that spot becomes more and more of a corner. More and more of a dead end. More and more of the one place in the world where I don't want to be...
And then that's when I realize (daily, mind you) this isn't the spot that I am supposed to be filling. I am in a man-made spot. I have made this spot. I have settled for this row of fluorescent lights. I have settled for an ashen version of the multicolored plan.
The good news is that there is a new year coming.
The good news is that God is working, ever so slowly on my behalf.
The good news is that change, whether forced, coerced, divine, or instant, is going to be mine in a matter of time.
And when that happens, this rut, this place, this corner, this learning experience, this painful pause, this momentary re-evaluation of what matters - it will be more than a spot, it will be the place where God wants me.
And maybe I will finally be able to hear His voice, in the hush of what has always been such...His plan.
An old soul of sorts, my imagination is the lifeline that connects me to the efflorescence of the written word, the messy palette of a painting yet to be, and the strum of a chord yet sung to. Obsessed with all things beautiful: prose and opinion, freedom and surrender, curiosity and wisdom- I am happy to be in a place in my life where I have never let my inner artist wither. Books, photos, paintings, movies, articles, animals, children, a great glass of wine, a fine cooked meal ~anything that inspires others to create is of immense worth.