Going with the Flow

Written by on December 9, 2005 in Conversations on the Healing Journey with 0 Comments

Well, I’m sitting here looking out my window at the snow. It didn’t snow as much as they called for, but my rather long shared driveway looks pretty undriveable for my car, and it doesn’t seem like the road beyond has been plowed but maybe once during the night.

I was to leave for D.C. this morning, but I’ve gotten various signs earlier this week that it’s probably for my best interest to stay home, and take care of myself. I’ve been running myself pretty ragged these days.

So I’m sitting here with my hot cup of tea and a big comforter around me, feeling sleepy and warm, happy to relax into the stillness of the morning with no where to go now. It would be nice if it wouldn’t take an act of nature or total exhaustion to give me these moments. I have a ways to go on this one.

Today didn’t turn out like I thought it would…just like the song I wrote for “Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes” didn’t turn out the way I thought it would. When I first wrote it, I thought of a sparsely arranged, light song with, perhaps, some children backup singers, maybe 10 or 11 years old.

One thing led to another, and I wound up having my little girl’s friends, all around seven years old, with one perhaps a few years younger. This gave the song a whole new sound, much younger, but also fresher and more fun.

Then Stacey, upon working with the finishing production of the song became inspired, and harmonizing vocals lines came in and a whole other counterpoint part of the song unfolded, with drums and bass and critters! (He told me from the outset, he thought it would be neat to have them in the song, and wouldn’t you know it he’d find the perfect sound effects CD just a day or so before final production?)

The resulting song is one that’s incredibly playful and just a whole lot of fun.

I’ve gotten better about going with the flow, trusting the process. I have found this to be very helpful in not only my projects, but in life in general. It’s not that I give up or not take responsibility for my part or start becoming complacent in the vision I hold. It’s just that I’m not fanatical about that vision any longer.

I not only take the steps to have one, I allow that vision to carry me to new places I would not have imagined or expected.

Life is more fun that way…and just a whole lot easier to live. Plus, it’s what happens when the vision you hold meets up with the vision someone else holds, and a beautiful partnership in that mysterious place we call “the process” happens.

I’ll be posting the song to “Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes” today…unless something happens and I don’t. 😉


About the Author

About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, using spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. Demian is a traveler on the healing journey with a lifelong love affair with the creative process. .


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