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Writing 101 Day 3: Commit to a Writing Practice

I am not much of a music person. That sounds odd considering as a child I took dance classes and as a teen I played the flute in a band. On most days, music adds chaos to my already cluttered mind. I prefer peace. I prefer quiet.

But, when I am in need of music. When my mind literally cannot process. Cannot shut down. Cannot move forward. Music is my answer. Music overrides those things in my mind and takes control.

While I was still working as a nurse, I woke at 4am every morning & made a 50 minute drive to work each day. One morning when I had already had a sleepless night and the stress of my job was starting to get to me and I was having serious doubts about my life, my job, my purpose, I flipped on the radio while I was driving to work and this was playing.

I admit, I bawled like a newborn baby. I knew that message was for me.

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

Lyrics from Lyricshall

As I continued my journey from leaving my job in nursing and seeking my purpose in life, or at least the rest of this life, I sought comfort and refuge in the songs of Josh Groban. My son & husband have always been great fans of his. But, I never really listened … until the need arose.

My husband said that song was probably his least favorite out of all of his songs. For me, “Weeping” was like my fight song. Conquering my demons … well, as much as I can. Fighting that fear.

Keeping in line with my Josh Groban therapy, I go to

Somedays, we forget to look around us,
Somedays, we can’t see the joy that surrounds us,
So caught up inside ourselves,
We take when we should give,
So for tonight we pray for,
What we know can be,
And on this day we hope for,
What we still can’t see,
It’s up to us, to be the change,
And even though we all can still do more,
There’s so much to be thankful for,
Look beyond ourselves,
There’s so much sorrow,
It’s way to late to say, I’ll cry tomorrow
Each of us must find our truth,
It’s so long overdue,
So for tonight we pray for,

What we know can be,
And everyday, we hope for,
What we still can’t see,
It’s up to us, to be the change,
And even though we all can still do more,
There’s so much to be thankful for,
Even with our differences,
There is a place we’re all connected,
Each of us can find each others light,
So for tonight, we pray for
What we know can be,
And on this day, we hope for,
What we still can’t see,
It’s up to us, to be the change,
And even though this world needs so much more
There’s so much to be thankful for.

Josh Groban – Thankful Lyrics | MetroLyrics

It all felt too important to cut any of those words out.

Despite my issues, despite my shortcomings, despite my fears & my demons, I can count my blessings because there is so much to be thankful for!

And one day,

Ok, I know that is 4 songs but they are all needed to complete my story. My purpose is not my own. My journey should be with one goal, one end result in mind. Now just to remember that each day.

** Today’s writing 101 assignment was to free write (no thinking, no correcting, losing control) for 15 minutes about the 3 most important songs in my life and what they mean to me.

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About nonnymoose2014

I have recently retired from the healthcare field, nursing. As I try to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, this seemed like the perfect time to try my hand at blogging again. In the past, my success (or lack thereof) I believe hinged on my fear of revealing too much about myself. I have a desire to “put it all out there” BUT I want to do it on my own terms … anonymously! Thus came Nonny Moose.

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