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What Do You Want to Start?

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On the second Monday of each month, I post and answer a selection from my collection of good questions. This month’s question is “What’s one thing you want to start doing in the next twelve months?”

 April 09, 2015 at 0109PM

I want to start playing the piano again. Many people do not know that I can even play because it does not come up in normal conversations and because I have not played in public in years. Actually, I have not even played in private in years. When Brian and I got married two years ago, I packed up my keyboard in its protective case, moved to a new town, and never took it out. We still do not really have room for it in our house because I have not made room for it. One of my goals for summer is to clean up and clean out our garage and our second guest room (fondly called “The Abyss”) so that I can set up the keyboard in the guest room.

(c) Carlos Eduardo Sotelo Ibarra, used with permission

As an adult, I have often not taken the time to play the piano because it does not do or produce anything other than to make me happy. I lack the talent and desire to be a professional pianist and playing for worship or accompaniment is not fun or worshipful for me. It does not help anyone except for me and that has not always been enough motivation for me to make time to play.  Starting this summer, I am going to play anyway. The emotional health and enjoyment it gives me is a good enough reason to do it.

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Take the questions and ask your friends or family. I would love to hear your answers in the comments (seriously. that’s why I ask, after all)! If you have suggestions of questions for me to include, let me know.

*Piano image (c) Carlos Eduardo Sotelo Ibarra, used with permission

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Temporary But Worthwhile

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Every Monday, I post and answer a selection from my collection of good questions. This week’s question is “What didn’t last forever but was still worth your while?”

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College Friendships Didn’t Last Like I Expected

In my experience, most friendships are seasonal and do not last forever. This perspective never seems truer than in college. As students, we arrived eager to do something that mattered to us, to be who we thought we were, to belong to a community. From the beginning, we planned to be in college for a short time – a year, four years, six years. Most of us made friends despite the “expiration date” of graduation day. We made friends with people knowing not all of the relationships would last (or promising each other that we would be the exception). In the end, life and distance and a whole host of post-college experiences filled our time and most of those college relationships changed or faded away altogether.

Although I still chat on the phone or schedule in-person visits when I’m in the right area, most of those college friendships have faded into distant memories or maybe into keeping up whenever we appear in each other’s Facebook newsfeeds. I used to feel badly about not maintaining the relationships to the extent I had intended but now my philosophy is that it is natural for friendships to change.


We will never again be teenagers or twenty-somethings living in college dorms and apartments together, complaining about cafeteria food and joking about professors and asking each other hard questions. Nevertheless I value those inside jokes, hard questions and stories we lived together. I enjoyed my college years in a large part because of the friends I made during that season where our lives intersected in time and space.

If you are one of my college friends, I still remember you and tell stories about fun times and life lessons from our season together. College friends, getting to know you was undoubtedly worthwhile.

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Tradition, Tradition!

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Every Monday, I post and answer a selection from my collection of good questions. This week’s question is “What tradition do you wish more people would follow?”

What Tradition Do You Wish More People Would Follow?

The Thanksgiving/Christmas Divide

Does this question make anyone else think of the song “Tradition” from “Fiddler on the Roof” or is that just me? Speaking of music, I wish more people would save Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. As a kid, I eagerly awaited the start of Christmas music on the drive home from Thanksgiving at our grandparents’ house. Along with my parents and siblings, we blasted Mannheim Steamroller from the van speakers and sang the instrumental parts or drummed along on our seats until Dad’s ears got tired or he got a headache. It was a fun, simple way to start the Christmas season with music we loved and anticipated. These days, it seems like stores begin playing Christmas music as soon as Halloween is over, which is far too soon in my opinion.

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Something About Free Time

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Here is your weekly installment of Question Collection. Every Monday, I post and answer a selection from my collection of good questions.

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This week’s question is “How do you spend most of your free time?”

 

I usually watch TV shows with Brian while I play with Cola or crochet or read blogs or write blog posts. Cola is at a attention-demanding, high-energy stage of development, so we usually tag-team playing with her for a while and then leave her to play on her own. My recent crochet projects have been edging swaddling blankets for friends having babies.

 

 

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An Essential Ingredient to Relationships

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Here is the second installment of Question Collection. Every Monday, I post and answer a selection from my collection of good questions.

 

This week’s question is “What’s one essential ingredient found in all healthy relationships?”

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My Answer

I think healthy relationships have several ingredients in common. One of the most essential is forgiveness. As humans, we are inherently flawed and occasionally step on each other’s toes (literally and figuratively, in my slightly clumsy case).

 

My relationship with my sister is one of the longest friendships I have had. She has [as far as I know] forgiven me for trying to force my tidy habits on her when we shared a room, for shoving her off our play set, for being bossy, for being excessively noisy in early mornings, for snoring, and so on. I have forgiven her for things too. Forgiveness lets us keep on loving each other and being close without the burden of grudges.

She said something hilarious that wouldn't be funny to others, but had us in stitches!

She said something hilarious that wouldn’t be funny to others, but had us in stitches!

 

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Question Collection: Energy

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Series Introduction

Two years after my 31 Days of Random Questions series, it is still my most popular series and my list of good questions keeps growing. In an effort to blog more consistently, I decided to start another question series. Come back every Monday for the latest installment of Question Collection!

In my mind, good conversational questions don’t have yes or no answers, make people think, start conversations, and invite stories.

This week’s question is…

 Question Collection: What people & activities energize you?

My Answer

I regain energy from spending time with one to three people who know me completely and love me deeply. The ones who first come to mind are my husband, my parents, and my siblings. Being around them all at once is not always energizing but can be tons of fun because we are a lively family!

Of course sipping coffee and eating a snack energize me because of caffeine and glucose levels. Beyond those, I gain energy from a brisk walk – especially outdoors – when I listen to nothing but the ambient noises. I am also energized by reading home decor magazines or websites. Seriously, my creative and physical energy builds and churns out ideas and suddenly it is three a.m. and I am still rearranging my living room! I warned Brian about that particular tendency before we were married and now he hides my magazines if I start to read them late at night.

 

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