Saturday, September 8, 2012

Daily Inspiration 9-8-12

"Use what talent you possess:
the woods would be very silent
if no birds sang
except those that sang best."

-- Henry Van Dyke

I was looking at some quotes for an idea and the first one that got my attention was from Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. He said, "Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out." (By the way, he is such a fascinating person to read about!)
Then, a couple of moments later, I came across the quote above from Henry Van Dyke. This caused me to think about things I've tried and done even without much talent, and how I know many people who aren't willing to risk that small step to get out there and try it.
I've talked with people who have a book in them, but they leave it right there, when it is pretty easy to get it out and especially in today's world of instant publishing. All it takes is making a decision to actually do it, and the questions will get answered and the process will unfold appropriately.
So often, I think people get hung up on the idea of making a living doing that thing such as writing a book. If they would only let that idea go completely and just do it for fun, or because you have a passion about it, or any other reason than making money at it, doing that thing would become so much more natural. The money idea gets in the way.
So, let's take the book for example. Whether it is a novel, something you know a lot about, a historical perspective, poetry, or a photography coffee table book, you can get a professional product done through a team of people that are available to help you get that done. Sure, it will cost some of your hard-earned money, but you will be amazed that it isn't as much as you might imagine and the rewards at the the end seeing the product in your hands will make the investment insignificant.
Like Nike says, 'Just Do It!' If you need help, you will find it, just as I have.
I've also been a musician and wrote and recorded songs. I'll never forget the first professionally recorded product and how it changed the way I thought about my music and gave me so much more confidence. I ended up doing an album and then recorded many more songs, wrote around 150 and though most may not be very good, there are some that are good, so that works out just fine. I had a lot of fun doing that, recording and then playing them for others live too.
Though I was quite shy about it all in the beginning, I gained a great deal of confidence and increased skill and expertise. When I first got into it, I was thinking about making money at it, then I just let that go, and had fun with it. That proved to be the best decision and I highly recommend it.
If you're a musician and always wanted to record some of your songs, or even other people's songs, just do it. Finding someone to help produce the recording and then a recording studio to get the final product is not difficult at all. You can do it if you want to.
Whatever it is--building a race car, becoming a sculptor, songwriter, published author, all it takes is a desire to allow yourself to let it come out. Forget about the money, take some out of your pocket and invest it in your little project and go for it. You'll not be leaving with the music still in you and it really doesn't matter how good you are compared to others. All that matters is your desire to express yourself.
Let The Music Out. Just Do It.
Spread Some Joy Today--Feel deserving.

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