Musings From A Musical Mind

Finding Out What Works

Life everyone else – it is by trial and error (a lot of trial and too much error) that I learn.

It is not a fun way to learn – but there it is.

I have tried countless brands of this and that from cereals to deodorant before I found the right one that worked for me.

I have downloaded hundreds of pieces of sheet music trying to find the right song for  students (and learn how to do it)

I have tried numerous website browsers for my computer before landing on the “right one”

I have struggled learning software programs and trying to understand my iMac and before that, my PC – all in an attempt to better communicate, write and teach others.  It took me longer than anybody else because I refuse to give up before I have answers. Some would call it a futile effort – but it is what has worked for me.

I have tried several dry, canned, raw foods and doggie snacks (even given away several boxes of snacks and crackers that Daisy won’t eat) in an attempt to feed a healthy balanced diet for our finicky puppy and finally found something that works!

We tried several churches after resigning from a full-time staff position more than 3 years ago – and finally found something that worked for us in this season.  It only took us a year or so.

I designed a music lesson plan and contract for teaching piano and voice after much trial and error – and early on in my career found something that worked.

I have tried several types of friendships in my life time.  I now choose my relationships based on very specific things after being around the block a time or two with those who stole my trust and broke the rules of friendship. – These things that I value are not definable – but very tangible to me.  It has not always been so in past years – but now I value what is most important in my intimacy with others – this works for me and allows me to feel safe.

I write a blog based on things I am interested in and do not follow other things more trendy or universal in appeal.  Knowing that I being true to myself at the same time helping others is enough for me – one person at a time – and that is something that works for me.

I have tried to please others.  I have wasted much of my thought life of caring what others think of me.  I am guilty of putting too much thought into those who don’t care anything about what I’m doing or thinking.  And I’ve come to one conclusion:

The only one I need to please is God.  Any thoughts I have are not wasted on Him.  He listens with rapt attention to my emotions and struggles.  I am safe with Him.  And my time spent with Him is always valued and never tossed aside.

He brings my thoughts and emotions into balance – helps me be a kinder, more compassionate person – and helps me find the meaning in my sometimes crazy and mixed up mind – my many trials and errors and helps me understand why I am like I am and do the things that I do.  And with Him to balance me – my life is complete.

It is a simple formula.  Loving my family, friends and my Heavenly Father.

And that is what works for me.

How about you?  What have you learned by trial and error?

God Bless



Comments on: "Finding Out What Works" (6)

  1. Something I’ve learned by trial and error – it’s easier to play catch with someone else. Wearing two gloves yourself just looks silly and makes it hard to throw.

  2. Unfortunately, I have tried to talk with some friends and family members, but they did not show much interest in continuing conversations, so I have been discouraged. However, I have learned that other people I have not expected to keep contact with me have actually done so. I have been surprised to receive emails from some former co-workers just to say Hi. . So I have to be thankful for the few that actually continued to ask about how I am doing when I least expect it.

    • In finding what works for me – it sounds like you have found some of the same things out too! It is the people that care and keep in touch with our daily world that are usually the ones that we have to go the distance with us – and the others we have for just a season. Even family members sometimes don’t really understand us and do not have the ability to go there with our daily and continuing world. This is why our friendships with like-minded people that God brings into our lives is so important and meaningful. We were not born into their lives – but we are somehow “adopted” in – just like God has adopted all of us. It is the great mystery of how things work – and I have been blessed to have several of these friendships in my life over the years.

  3. I think most of us learn just about everything by trial and error. I’ve often wished I had the money to hire a Virtual Assistant so I didn’t need to learn most techie stuff that way on account of the fact that I’m a Techo Idiot, but I can’t afford one so it takes me ten times longer than most normal people. Also I forget stuff if I haven’t done it in a while so I have to leave myself little cheat sheets all over.

    I don’t really have the time or money to worry about finding the right products. I grab whatever is cheapest and hope for the best. If it’s too bad, I just don’t buy that one again…if I can remember. lol

    My focus is on the missions God has for me to accomplish in my life: homeschooling my son, sharing how our communication can affect and impact our lives and ministies, touching other’s lives for Christ, uplifting, supporting and helping others in their ministries, and sharing God’s Word.

    Some days I don’t have time to “do” my hair. It’s usually in a ponytail and I’m without any makeup. Working on my computer, I’m often in my pjs til well beyond noon, unless I’m going out of course! Don’t want to scare small children! LOL My life is chaotic and often frustrating, but I have a larger purpose.

    • I think I look like you do many days of the week too – at least in the mornings working from my computer and in my office – but once students start coming for lessons I don’t think they would appreciate me in my pj’s and no makeup – however it IS more comfortable!! I can’t use most cheaper brands because I have sensitive skin and as I’ve gotten older I’ve developed a nasty rash on my arms and other parts if I don’t use very mild products and have to use special cream especially in the summer when it’s drier and I’m out in the sun. what a hassle – I used to be able to use the cheapest brands too!

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