Will Rogers, the American humorist once said:
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
True, but I have found that sometimes the temptation to just lay down on the tracks is great. I get weary of the turmoil and confusing nature of life.
Maybe you can relate to this scenario of mine:
I’ve had some “good fortune” and a bunch of bad too.
I have been blogging for more than 3 years now, and have seen modest gains of subscribers and frequent visitors to this site.
I have been in the television production business for more than 20 years and have had many amazing experiences while on location for my clients. I have been witness to history, met incredibly inspiring people and seen immense tragedy in the first person.
All of these things bring me pleasure, and to some degree keep the bills paid, but its a struggle. No doubt, keeping up with a schedule on this blog, keeping current with technology and trends in our industry, and marketing the CD are all challenging tasks. While I do enjoy them all, its not always FUN.
I’ve had my share of personal tragedy, loss of family members, business failures, disjointed relationships, accidents, all manner of obstacles in my path.
I get an overwhelming feeling, like I am running in quicksand and will never reach solid ground. You?
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Honestly, there are some days I just want to toss it all out the window, get some menial job, and just sit back when my shift is up, have a beer and forget goals, dreams or visions. That’s not who I am, but it is TEMPTING.
I take a break, find inspiration in reading, listening to great artists I admire, and then get back on the horse. I write another post, shoot some more footage, write a new song. I feel better, but then the cycle of worry tries to raise its ugly head in my life.
I try to remember something Einstein said:
“It’s not that I am so smart, it’s that I stay with problems longer.”
That makes sense to me and brings some comfort. It means that although Einstein is revered as a genius, he didn’t see himself that way. He struggled. He achieved great things because he didn’t give up easily. He failed a lot, but then kept going until he succeeded.
I also treasure the love of my life, my wife Lauren. She makes me smile, and fills my world with a warmth unlike any I have ever known.
Why am I telling you this?
It helps me to know that others (no matter how “successful”) have troubles too. I laugh when I see these “motivational speakers” who seem unwilling to admit that THEY’RE AFRAID.
We’re all afraid. Life is scary. It’s the MOMENTS that matter.
It’s the moment when something funny happens in your life, or you see a sunset with a loved one that is not like any you’ve seen before. The moment an idea you developed becomes a reality and gives someone else encouragement or makes them tap a foot and smile. The moment you took to find out what was happening right around you and seize it.
Look Around for “the Moment”
Whenever I am in Austin I like to check out what’s happening at the Continental Club, a spot with a great history of booking incredible Austin acts. As it happened, the great Junior Brown was scheduled to do a show there at 7pm on a Sunday night! Great happenstance, and an incredible show where we got to see his guitar wizardly and laugh at his goofy tunes, up close and personal.
That was a Moment.
Obviously, we stayed and had a great time. It never would have occurred for me had I not stopped to check the calendar there, and been willing to alter any plans I had for the evening on a moments notice. It was totally unexpected, and a moment I will never forget.
Those things MATTER. But the only way they happen is to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
I try to do as my father, the late John Ready suggested:
“You wake up in the morning and see what’s in front of you THAT DAY, take care of that and move on. Quit worrying about tomorrow.”
I loved him and I miss him, he was a wise man.
Trace Ready is a Director of Photography, Writer, Producer and Vocalist based in Dallas, Texas. His band Trace Relations has released their debut studio CD “Prosperity Street”
I hope that my admission of fear about the road ahead lets you know, you are not alone. Take heart and take care, thanks for tuning in.
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