Friday, November 19, 2010

Digging up my Buried Talents

Scripture:  Matthew 25: 14- 18
"14 It will be as when a man who was going on a journey 7 called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 To one he gave five talents; 8 to another, two; to a third, one--to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately 16 the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. 17 Likewise, the one who received two made another two.
18 9 But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master's money."

The past few weeks have been extremely busy.  Work is really ramping up with end of year due dates on projects.  I taught two classes in a row for our RCIA classes at church and that required a lot of research and soul searching.  In between all of this I crammed in my 61st birthday....whew  what is a girl to do.

More to the point, I have been struggling with changing the approach to this blog.  Pilgrim is changing folks.  Yes, what was good and relevant for me in 1992, just does not cut it today.  It is not that I don't want to write, and it isn't that I don't want to write use scripture as my source.  It's just that in 1992 I felt I did not have much to offer on my own and the scriptures offered me a great starting point.

As I fast forward to 2010, I realize that my interests and talents have grown.  I have in effect taken a shovel and dug up the talent that I buried.  On this journey through life, I have learned a lot about myself.  The artist, the poet, the teacher, the leader and what I see I like.

So, what do I want to write about?  The real journey...seen through the art I create; heard through the words I speak in class and on paper.  I want to talk about how this spiritual journey has led me to travel and what I have learned along the way.  I want to use this space to get a better understanding of what my life really means to me and hopefully, you dear reader will be encouraged to dig a little deeper, try something you have  dreamed of; and give you the courage to pick up the shovel and dig up those talents long buried and forgotten.

As I write these words a smile comes to my face because I know that I am finally on the right path and it feels good.

The picture today is of a baby blanket I made.  I knitted the squares and crocheted them together.  I taught myself to knit and crochet. It occured to me this week, what a cool thing that was.  Unburying talents....

Today, Pilgrim is happy.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

An Up and Down Week

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you wished there was do over button?  Last week was that way for me.  It started last Sunday when I came down with some sort of bug and it was ugly.  I was able to enter my topic for the week and then it was down hill from there.  The topic was choices on Sunday the choice was if it would be a good idea to just find some way to put myself out of my misery.

Monday, still could not eat but had conference calls so had to make the choice to tough it out, good thing I work from home because I was not a pretty sight, nor my normally cheerful self (sniff, sniff).  Tuesday, ahhh,, this is what life feel like.  Feeling a lot better but still not 100 percent.  More conference calls and taught Religious Ed to 15 adorable 7 year olds.  Pretty much had to go to bed when I got home...pretty tired.

Wednesday,  I am now back among the living, made final preparations for MOM's meeting ( I was the lead facilitator).  Ate first real meal since Sunday, baked some chicken.  The meeting went well, but it was home to bed again.  Thursday...Busy day of meetings and conference calls.  How do you spell TIRED.

Friday,  conference call and then emergency assignment that required working on Saturday and Sunday.  Whew!   Needless to say, no blogging, no art work. 

So here we are at Tuesday and I just had a great conversation with myself.  If keep allowing things to get in the way, you will not blog and you will not complete art projects.  Not acceptable.  Not acceptable at all.

I have put things on the back burner for too long.  Things that make my heart sing.  Things that bring me joy and a smile to my face.  Choices, choices that make sense, choices to make time, choices to enjoy life, choices to live in the now.

Some choices we make are easy, some choices we make take time and some choices we make should have been left on the back burner. 

Part of my illnesss came from being overly tired and just plain wearing myself out.  I am not a spring chicken any more.  I have to slow down.  Choices.