I have had a lot of chances during this last month to experience some new connections and for this I am very grateful. I just finished a trip to the UK where I met my first grandchild. It is impossible to express how grateful I am for this new person who has come into my life. The most amazing things are often the ones you don’t expect. I had never really thought about being a grandma but here it is and it is so cool, new connections indeed! Before I left for my trip to the UK, a wise friend said to me, no one expects anything of you as a grandma, go and begin your dance with your granddaughter. I appreciated these words a lot, especially as there are very few places in our lives where there aren’t expectations.
In the vein of new connections, I talked on the phone to an old friend from high school last night whom I haven’t talked to in forty years. His name came up when I was looking for hosts for house concerts. Of course, he wants to help you out said a mutual friend. Oh, wow, okay! Forty years later and I am reconnecting with an old friend and feeling so grateful for this. He is interested in catching up and wants to know how it has been for me with all the challenging times I have had since we last talked. I am grateful to talk to someone who knew me so long ago and talk about things we remember from then. I am so grateful for this unexpected connection and am again reminded of what can happen when we are open to new situations. I don’t know if there will be a house concert or not this fall at this friends home but the reconnection that I have made by asking about this possibility is the more important thing.
I want to challenge you to ask for something you wouldn’t usually ask for. I have found this practice has opened up new possibilities for me. This week the practice helped me reconnect with an old friend. This past spring I found myself taking a trip to Alberta that brought me connections with musicians, made some new friends and reconnected with some old friends because I took the chance and asked to play at a festival and asked an old friend for a room to sleep in. We never know where life will lead us and doing the unexpected can lead to new adventures and new connections. May you have a good end of summer. Talk to you soon.
Yours in creativity and music,