I love speaking at live events where I can see people’s eyes light up and know that they’re getting what I’m saying. The ultimate to me are live events that incorporate nature. In April 2010 a few friends and I put together the Light the World: Birthing Your Destiny Retreat in Zion National Park.
This event brought together talented musicians and instructors in one of God’s most amazing settings. Nature has been such an integral part of my journey out of workaholism. Being immersed in it has been food for my soul. That is why I tend to gravitate toward attending or holding events in nature.
If you get a chance to be a part of such an event, I highly recommend it.
Music has also been a big part of my journey as well. I create soundtracks for my life — playlists on my ipod that go along with almost everything I do. I have music to
- Pump me up when I’m feeling down
- Inspire me when I want to connect to God
- Relax me so I can meditate
- Keep me awake as I drive, etc.
Lately, I’ve been serving as the music chairman at my church. So I spend most of my Sundays behind a piano. I learned how to read music when I was 5 and took 13 years of piano lessons. I’d gotten a bit rusty over the years because I hadn’t kept up the practice. But with this new position, I’ve been getting back into the swing of things. One thing I’ve noticed is that I have music inside me that wants out, but I don’t know how to play what’s not written in front of me.
So this week, I started a self-paced home study course to learn how to play the piano by ear. It’s teaching me chords and rhythmic patterns. I’m sure it will take a while to get good at it, but the idea is to be able to play anything without music in front of you — to learn to speak the language of music and express what’s inside you.
I believe that is what God has been trying to teach me lately — to explore the world He created for us and express myself and my talents completely. It doesn’t matter if those talents are “practical” or whether they ever make me a dime. They are a part of me and that’s what’s important — being the best me I can be and enjoying my time here on Earth.