This week, I did something sort of crazy: I asked God/The Universe/Insert Your Favorite Cosmic Is-ness for a teacher. I asked to be open to whatever comes in. I have spent so much time and energy putting out and giving out, writing and giving music away, that I have neglected putting energy into also being a student. Even as I prepare to go and give of myself musically, I need to be open to whatever learning opportunities might present themselves. So I asked.
Some things will take their time to come to me.
Others are already appearing on the horizon.
The world really is amazing sometimes if I just get out of the way and let it be.
As the time speeds up and the day of my departure gets closer, I cannot believe this opportunity that is presenting itself to me. I am filled with gratitude for all the good people who have sent me good wishes encouragement and helpful suggestions (including my Sweetie, who has given me some really helpful instruction in vocal care and technique and who is a gentle, smart teacher). I am also filled with a sense of how great this responsibility is, and I pray with all my being that I will be up to the task ahead.
Because all work and no play makes for a lopsided brain, I AM making sure to get out and ride my bike daily, and to spend time with friends and family before I head out. I am sitting on a tall stack of gratitudes these days, for family, friends, music, Judaism, bicycles and my slightly wild and unpredictable life.