How do you concentrate? Does it help to listen to music?
If so, you’re not alone. I’m a music-lover also. In the car I have the radio on classical music, sometimes country, sometimes rock, and sometimes contemporary Christian music. I love variety in my music, but rarely listen to the latest, greatest artists who are currently playing.
Neither do I listen to music at home, especially when I’m writing. I find it too distracting. Isn’t that odd?
I think the reason is, music tells me stories, and I get sidetracked from the story I’m currently trying to tell.
Another reason is that I also like to play the piano, or guitar, or cello, or practice a piece that I’m going to sing for church. Music is something I do. I am not a spectator. I am an active participant.
It’s kind of like this: Some watch football, some play the game. Some people watch dancers, some dance the dance. Some people watch TV, some people join amateur theater and perform for audiences themselves.
I think it’s kind of like politics too. Some watch news, or read articles, get all upset, rant and rave, and say, “What do they think they’re doing?”
And others find ways to address the issues themselves.
Don’t let life pass you by. You have a stake in this world. God placed you here in this place and in this time on purpose. Make your life count for something, whether it be music or politics. Be accountable. Be active. Participate.
OK. Now I’m done preaching to you, and would like to ask what it is that you find to participate in? Do you work with wood? Do you fix cars? Do you share recipes? Do you worship with others? Do you open your home to foster kids? Do you babysit the elderly so their caregivers can take a break?
The opportunities for participation in this world are endless. Let’s make our lives visible. Let’s live out loud.