What’s New?

We’re five days into the new year, and what’s changed? About you? We may be trying to revise past habits or patterns in our lives, but is that new? Or is that modifying, adjusting, shifting a stance?

When I met the gem crystal singing bowls two years ago, I thought they were beautiful and incredibly expensive. Then I decided to buy one, just one. I was amazed at the quality of the sound. Unlike anything I had heard before, except when I heard “the tones.” Meanwhile I had been playing Himalayan metal bowls for almost 10 years at that point. So was that really new?

Just four months later, I felt compelled to buy more bowls and bring them back to Cleveland to play. I had not anticipated this in January, although I knew my life would likely be changing at that time. I was working as a contractor for a bank that had already been acquired by another bank not as interested in employee communications which is what I’d been doing. That January of 2009, I was biding my time, waiting for the other shoe to fall.

Then I was released in late April, and when May came  I knew I had to play the bowls (couldn’t do anything else).  Thus, I began a new life. It really wasn’t like anything I’d done before or certainly not how I’d done it before — booking gigs, finding wholesalers for the Himalayan bowls, writing blogs, creating web sites, recording CDs.  What was new was the lack of self-consciousness, even an absence of self-interest, in it. I’d really found my calling. I was completely surprised by it. And the resulting occurrences, connections, relationships have been pretty miraculous.

So whether the new emerges in January or another time, I hope you say, “yes.” Don’t allow yourself to just adapt your habits, explore where some small inkling guides you. Don’t expect a loud clap of thunder or a lightning strike. Stop where you are, get quiet. Look. Listen. That’s the start.

Who knows what will happen next? Nobody can predict that.

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