This past year has been a somewhat interesting one. I am both satisfied, yet have a sense of disappointment, often for the very same reasons…
I completed the touring cycle for table for one. and in the process recorded Foundation. Foundation was released with some fanfare, but very little response. I’m happy to have the “next step” clearly taken, however am honestly disappointed in the poor response to the music. In my honest opinion, the songwriting is stronger and more concise than the predecessor, but yes, it’s far less personal.
Oh well. Sophomore jinx, etc. etc. I guess. I’m rethinking the whole paradigm of gathering songs and releasing them as an item. So the next step will be a single release with one song that I’ve written and, perhaps, another b-side to be determined at a later date.
I’ve progressed with my studies in spiritual matters and expect to take my next step towards that in the fall. I am content with where my studies are leading me and am enjoying the personal and spiritual growth that these studies are providing me. Things are far less “urgent” feeling and I’m finding more peace in my daily living.
Throughout all of this, I’ve continued to downsize my musical needs and hone the arsenal of instruments in my collection. I believe I have found my musical main squeeze guitar-wise and have begun paring back the collection to the bare essentials. My main acoustic brings me joy when I play it and it does everything I ask of it and often surprises me with what it allows me to do.
My relationship with my Mom continues to progress as we both process our widowhood and grief. Traveling to Arizona with her over the Christmas holidays brought me closure with certain episodes in my life and continued to refine what is important to me. I found a new peace in the desert and any angst from past visits has disappeared.
My family continues to bring me joy in new ways. It’s refreshing to watch the remarkable young women that my nieces have grown up to be. I am lucky to have them in my life.
I continue to explore what it means to be single at this point in my life. While I still feel the loneliness of widowhood to be rather difficult at times, I am not as frantic to find the next life partner as once was. What I do know is that potential friends and companions never cease to find new ways to disappoint me and that my tolerance for such shenanigans continues to disappoint.
I have much love in my heart, however I realize now that I should be more selective in who I choose to share it with.
The house continues to feel more and more like my home as I refine what I have in it and pare back what is in it. I continue to reduce the clutter and decide what furniture will stick. I will be downsizing in the future, but downsizing on my own terms.
Chloe continues to be a joyous, loving companion. Every morning that I awaken to her happy face and wagging tail – is a good morning. I am blessed.
Work is a means to an end. I have incredible team mates and a supportive and patient manager. They are what makes my vocation endurable, that and the fact that it funds my avocations.
I continue to heal from my PTSD, depression and my struggles with anxiety are ongoing. I am getting better at knowing when my triggers are being pushed and able to intervene before the excrement hits the ventilation – so to speak.
So this year has been a year of consolidating the changes, evaluating and then making appropriate steps towards my next goals. It has been a year of slow, steady progress and continuing to build my foundation.
Hopefully next year will be more productive for growth.
Peace to all.