Breathe in, breathe out

July 27, 2009 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

Such an easy thing to do! Yet sometimes I nearly forget, and breath so shallowly that my body has a hard time getting the necessary oxygen input.

Over the weekend I played at a local peace festival. It was the first time I’d been invited to play somewhere. Usually I organize the concerts myself — and know most of the audience! This was a totally new experience. It was tempting to compare myself with the other — better — musicians, but then I told myself: “If I sounded like them, then I wouldn’t need to play, because it would all sound the same.” Each of us had something special, unique to offer.

The technical side was lacking a bit, so that voice and guitar weren’t so well balanced. Nevertheless, I got some nice feedback afterwards — from strangers! So my dream is nourished. It is not my dream to be perfect. My dream is to play on stage.

One of my long-term goals is to make new friends. I want to meet people who are an on similar wavelength. At the festival, I met a few interesting people, and even exchanged telephone numbers with one woman. I look forward to getting together. It was a nice surprise to see a very old friend. She’d seen my name on the programm announcement, and came to listen to me and talk with me. It has been quite a few years since we’d last spoken!

Again and again I remind myself: I’m where I am. I’m on the path. Sometimes things move quickly, sometimes slowly. The path goes up and down, seems difficult then extremely easy. It makes sense once in a while, and is frustrating at other times. I’m wary of apparent short-cuts, as they tend to be illusions. In fact, in the long run, some have made my life incredibly difficult. Nevertheless, it all fits together to make the big picture.

As I reach each goal, there are new ones and older long-term goals that are still to be achieved. I had to work all day yesterday and had night duty, so today is my lazy day off. I slept for a few hours after I got home, and spent today puttering and reflecting on the peace festival. That’s something I enjoy after such events.

Today I remind myself that I don’t have to always move full speed ahead. I can take a day off and relax. Tomorrow I can clean the apartment. I have a few days off this week, so I can take care of a few things. All in good time. And don’t forget to breathe!

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