October 31, 2008


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Tomorrow we set the clocks either forward or backward. If you are not at work on time, you went the wrong way. Go home and spend the hours it takes to set all the clocks two hours in the other direction. To that end, herewith my first post dealing with time and there will be another tomorrow for all you lucky readers.



The Byrds said it well, there is a time for all things. The key is to recognize it. How often do we say do don’t have time? Is time management really possible or is that just wishful thinking? Regardless of what we do or say, time moves forward. As thinking, sentient beings we have a choice of whether we want time to control us, or for us to control our journey through time.

For too many of us, we fight time. We try to compress a week into a day. That does nothing but create stress. No, I think the answer is much simpler, yet even more difficult. Everyone is good at something. But how many of us ignore what we find to be easy because if it is easy for us, it must be easy for all. To carry this a step further, how many of us ignore what is easy, otherwise known as our talents, only to do the more difficult? Do we do this just to make money and end up with ulcers, or worse?

The creative arts, music, art, writing, are prime examples. My arena is writing. I know now that all my talents fall into the creative realm. So what did I spend my life doing? I tried electronics and computers. I ignored my talents.

Come, join me on a short trip through the space-time continuum. We’ll go back a few years. I was married. I, being the man, had to bring home the bacon. I tried, but I was never good enough. Talent? That was something other people, actors, musicians, dancers, had. My best classes in school? Writing. I did try technical writing but my handwriting wasn’t good enough. I switched hands. I’m even writing this (first draft written long hand), with my right hand and it’s legible!

During that timeframe I wrote a story. The wife said it was good. I did nothing with it for fifteen years. I did however get a computer. I still didn’t write. Moving down the continuum, my life disintegrated. I wrote about it. I started to write short treatises. I posted some. They were well received. But, I’m not a writer.

I started to make beaded jewelry, another craft. These were admired. Again I ignored my talents. I’m a technical person! Then I met an author. This girl has many talents, the strongest one besides writing, is telling me where to go. It only took twenty years, an ex wife, and an angel, to convince me that my prime destiny is to be a writer.

Having said all of the above, I have noticed the potholes on my space-time continuum highway have disappeared. I am a writer. I will go where my muse and destiny leads me. I will listen to my muse. So let’s pause here and reflect on this. I’ve learned that what is easy for me is my real talent. Would not an individual’s life be easier, more stress free if that person would only realize their talents instead of living an artificial life just to exist and make money?



  1. How true!

    Comment by Oris Reed — October 31, 2008 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

  2. You Have A Great Blog Keep Up The Good Work ..Cheers 🙂

    Comment by pennyb22 — October 31, 2008 @ 5:25 pm | Reply

  3. Isn’t it amazing what we learn when we get out of the way and let God direct our lives? Writing is an amazing talent and so few truly have it. We must use what we’re given.


    Comment by Jan Verhoeff — October 31, 2008 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

  4. You must be a damn good writer because you’re not afraid to express your emotions. Benjamin Capps once told me during an interview: “No reader of mine ever felt so strongly or dropped a small tear unless I had already done so in the writing. And isn’t that what writing’s all about, evoking emotion and strong feelings?

    Comment by Jean Henry Mead — October 31, 2008 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

  5. Very true. How many people live miserable lives making money hand over fist doing something that is not natural for them and their true calling? What’s that saying, “If you love what you do for a living you will never work a day in your life.”

    Worth millions.

    Comment by Marvin D Wilson — October 31, 2008 @ 9:59 pm | Reply

  6. I appreciate this writing. I have talents that I have neglected for some years now. Piano playing, drawing/painting with watercolors or oils, arts/crafts. I do write poetry of late and have stuck with it for a good while now. But sometimes for whatever reason we put up for why not to continue are the very things we don’t continue. I hope I can come to my own reasons and get back into things like that , things i used to love doing. 😉

    Comment by Melanie Campos — November 1, 2008 @ 1:55 am | Reply

  7. Ron,
    You ARE a writer—maybe you need to quit being the UNWriter and acknowledge that you the WRITER.

    Comment by Lillie Ammann — November 1, 2008 @ 9:58 pm | Reply

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