Monday, October 18, 2010

Instant Gratification

I like things like the quarter machines, where you put a quarter in, turn the dial and out comes a prize or gumball or whatever. Instantly, bam! There it is! I love that! But of course, most of real life is not like a quarter machine. It takes a grand amount of patience sometimes. Tying this into my writing...I'm blocked. Actually, it feels more like stalled. Perhaps it's even sidetracked. There is a lot going on in my life. That is NO excuse. I need to learn how to manage my time and focus more clearly. I want to write, so I want it to come out NOW! The words, the stanzas, the rhymes, but they won't. Here is one thing that I have learned though, through the years. I cannot will the words. They come when they are ready to come, when the words are clear. This is true in every day life as well. When we obsess over wanting things that we don't have at the moment, it makes all of things we DO have pale in comparison. What is meant to be ours will make its arrival into our pocket of the universe when it is our time to receive it.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Not all Hearts & Flowers, USA!

Let's get it straight from the first sentence. I am a VERY proud military wife, proud of my soldier, happy to be an American family supporting our service member. I LOVE what the military stands for and am patriotic. Just to be clear, I am not bashing the military in any way! Now that I got that off my chest...

It is my opinion that the voice of the military spouse is not being heard on many issues. People hear that it's hard for us to go through deployments, and it is. People watch shows like Army Wives (decent show) which does portray some of the issues, but it is not the REALITY of how we live, what we go through, our daily struggles. WE have many concerns. The public hears about the things that are affecting the soldiers. Who is telling our story, how those very same issues affect the spouses?? This is where I come in! I am quite passionate about the things that affect military spouses and families, and I intend to work on raising our voice!

This is an effort in steps. I am currently gathering opinions of other military spouses to share our thoughts. If you are a military spouse interested in sharing your thoughts, please contact me. I am looking forward to this project!