April 30, 2013

Sunday Go To Meetin'

Sunday Go To Meetin'
By John R. Greenwood


We met on this beautiful Sunday afternoon in the 'Studio' behind Hubbard Hall in Cambridge NY. My writing friends, Jon, Rachel, Diane, Jen, Kim, and Rebecca were excited to get together and talk about our upcoming presentation in May. Our blogs will be the topic and one of the questions our mentor Jon Katz wanted us to ask ourselves was, "What have you gotten out of writing a blog?" 

I can honestly say that writing this blog has literally changed my life. It has enriched my life. It has given me life. 

It isn't about content or quality. It isn't about self promotion, or even the posts themselves. The most rewarding part of writing the blog, is simply that I mustered the courage to do it at all. It's about the people that I've met through writing it. It's about the things that I've learned. It's about the journey it has become. I now have a venue where I can exercise my artistic muscles and stretch my creative mind. I am no kid. I only wish that I had pushed more boundaries when I was young. Don't we all? It has been a life lesson that I have learned in the third quarter. I am grateful for the life I've had thus far. I am childlike in my outlook for the future. I am weary of the nay sayer's, whiners and moaners. I embrace those who jump up not down. This group of writers placed at my doorstep by Jon Katz and Hubbard Hall has infused me with something that can't be bought at any price. Very simply it's a common thread. It's knowing what I want out of life and what I yearn for is the same thing that Diane, Kim, Jen, Rebecca, Rachel, and Jon seek. It's something more. More than a new car or a tropical vacation. More than possessions or accolades. What we all want is the freedom to spread our wings, open our horizons, and quench that artistic spirit that infects our hearts. Writing a blog has given me courage, courage to open up and let the world in. When you do that, all the good things it has to share will come with it. 

You can never experience happiness if you keep talking yourself out of it. It seems to be the popular thing to do. You hear voices saying things like, "Oh, I could never do that." or "I'd like to try that someday." What I have found is; that 'someday' never comes. You have to go grab it by the handle and jump on board. Don't miss the opportunity. Don't take that chance. Sometimes, 'someday', is today. 

7 comments:

  1. Wonderfully well said! Grab it by the handles and jump on board. I am grateful to know you and your enthusiasm for life.

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    1. A wise doctor once wrote me a prescription for living a full life and happy life. I simply began taking it...

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  2. A terrific post, and so true!

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    1. The best part is having nice people say nice things. It has also drawn people with their own stories of inspiration such as yours to my door. It's a 'delicious' cycle.

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  3. YES, I agree with every word on your post. Blogging does open a whole new world for many folks -- it has for me. Wish I could be at your presentation in May. -- barbara

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    1. I have never traveled very far from home. With the connection of similar blogs such as yours I get to visit beautiful places like the Appalachian Mountains on an everyday basis. Other than a real life visit, what more could you ask for. And by the way, because you've been such a faithful reader and because of your regular words of encouragement, I will mention your blog as a thank you and also as a way for you to join us.

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  4. Onward, boldly, without fear. You're nothing short of pure inspiration, my friend. Diane

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