Ones and twos

Alan Wake

I really wanted to post a blog on 12-12-12. I think the day would be quite nifty to commemorate with a scribble or two. It just didn’t work out.

At 12:12 on 12-12-12 I found myself in a Mexican restaurant with 18 crazed teenagers. But I can’t think of any other place I’d rather be. I love working with my students, and this mini field trip was a way to thank them for doing such a good job this semester, producing three issues despite the predictable unpredictable obstacles that always come our way.

There’s a feeling in the air that something ominous will occur 12-21-12. I’m not saying it will. I’m just saying that the feeling, like an aura, hovers about our people. That’s why I wanted 12-12-12 to be special. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could make a wish on such a special day and that wish were to come true?

There is no need to worry about 12-21-12 because whatever happens will be according to God’s plan. And wishes aren’t magical. They don’t always come true, except maybe for writers who can make anything happen in their books.

My wish, of course, has been for the last few years to be published. Oh, the ironies of life.

Last week I received an email that said I had a publicist who would set up book signings for my tiny little Christmas story in a Chicken Soup book. On the same day I received a rejection letter from the New York agent I met in Dallas.

Regardless of whether I am published, I am a writer. I can thank God for giving me that gift. I don’t doubt my abilities, even if I haven’t signed a contract yet. I do doubt whether I’m deserving. That’s up to God. Deserving may not have anything to do with publication. Purpose is what matters. Does my writing serve God’s purpose?

All I can do is keep plugging along.

The winter solstice is coming, the darkest day of the year—12-21-12.

We don’t know when the final day will come; nor are we supposed to know. It doesn’t matter.

We have our bucket lists, things we’d like to do before our final day here. But we probably won’t be able to do everything. Life lets us down. People let us down.

I like to write. I like to play music, but those things really don’t matter. God made me who I am. My one desire when it comes to goals is that I don’t lose the one gift God gave me that really matters. I do a pretty good job of loving people.

I guess that’s why I teach, although I don’t always like the profession of teaching in a public school.

When I care, I give my whole heart.

But people, the world, don’t always take what you offer. So it is with professions like teaching, nursing, counseling, etc. People and circumstances tear at our capacity to offer love.

I hope that I can keep my heart intact and not be overcome with bitterness and anger that shadow hurt and disappointment. I’ve always been a little childish, or childlike, one of the two. I like that about me. I love like a child, people and life. Most of the time I look in the mirror, and I see something I really don’t like, my body, my hair, my teeth, etc. But I’ve always liked my heart.

I’m not making an early New Year’s resolution. I’m making an “on the way to the end” resolution. Time is running out. Even if the sun rises again on 12-22-12, time is running out, if not for me, for someone else.

So my “on the way to the end” resolution, is to do the best job of expressing love that I can, through teaching, writing, playing guitar, or just living.

It’s all about purpose.

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10 thoughts on “Ones and twos

  1. You have already accomplished the greatest feat…you recognize your purpose and you are not shy about sharing your talents! Wonderfully stated…we are all on the way to the end…and just passing through here on our way! ❤

  2. Teresa I want to say that, every time I read one of your blogs I feel closer to you. I don’t really know you very well. Have not really been able to spend a whole lot of time in your presence. However you are correct about your heart. It is in fact inside every piece you write. Huge, warm and full of love and hope. Don’t every get discouraged or give up on that dream of yours. I feel it is just around the corner 😉

  3. I’m excited about the ways you’re giving to others through Harmony House. You certainly have a giving heart and are intentional about reaching out to people.
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    I wonder if Plinky will offer some interesting 12-21-12 prompts?

    • Terri, let’s have a girls’ night out (IN) at Harmony House. Bring your guitar and something chocolate (lol), and we’ll play, play, play. I wonder who else would like to play?

      I will have to check out Plinky, especially 12-21-12. 12 hasn’t been a stellar year so far. Maybe the 21st will change that. I’ll have to make sure I write that day for sure.

    • Harmony House has given much to me and has seen me through some rough times. I believe there Harmony House has so much potential. It’s not about me though. It truly is about reaching out to others. I don’t want to forget the purpose. 🙂

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