Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Playin It by Ear is a Way of Life
Not too long ago, I told my younger brother if I ever owned a production company, It would be called, Playin’ It By Ear. I grew up in a home with 3 brothers, a Baptist preacher for a dad, and a mom that collected (loved on… ministered to) all kinds of people. Our home was a bustling, loud, hub of activity, and laughter. We were surrounded by the unexpected. Unexpected guests, unexpected family dilemmas, unexpected church situations.When this would occur, my mom would always look at us, smile and say, “Well, we’ll just have to play it by ear.” What a powerful influence this philosophy had on us as we grew into adults. To me, this simple phrase has remained refreshing in a world defined by schedules, time lines, and agendas. Having the ability to laugh when things go awry and rest in listening to your gut has brought an added dimension to everyday living. When many people are fretting when things don’t go according to plan, we learned to become problem solvers, flexible, and comfortable living with what is. So, now you know the reason for my blog title. I hope it will continue to be a reminder how little we actually have control over. The unexpected becomes something not to be avoided, but embraced with a chuckle and a curiosity not present in days run by calendars and alarms. So, come join me on this journey as we Play it By Ear. Look for the unexpected, laugh spontaneously when it happens, and see how Playing It By Ear becomes a wonderful way of life.