What Do You Want to Do?

When I was a kid, summer days in the neighborhood were grand. I grew up in an era where kids played outside all day long. It was a privilege we gained after the chores were done. Freedom, yay, we get to run and play!

So of course, the title question, “What do you want to do,” was frequently asked, and upon occasion answered with, “I don’t know. What do you want to do?” This usually led to lots of back and forth banter. “We can go to the store for ice cream…play some baseball [in the middle of the street]…play hide & seek [the really nasty boys always wanted to do that]…get wet with the water hose…” I believe you get the picture.

I think this is why I’ve actually stood over a pot of water to watch it boil, tried to do the Viva paper towel test like they did on television, and once stood over a vintage wringer washing machine to make all of the sound effects while my grandmother did a load of laundry.

In those moments, I wanted to know answers, so I went on a quest to find them. To this day, I can make incredible sound effects and voices which I use in story reading. I have a vivid imagination, but I know for a fact that a watched pot actually does boil, you just have to blink. And I know that it’s a waste of good paper towels to try and imitate the stuff they do on television.

Yes, I’ve mentioned some silly things, but in truth, doesn’t creative genius originate from answering a question or seeking a solution or coming up with a way to get paid to do what you love? I know Southern cooking did for folks like Paula Deen, the Deen Brothers, the Neeleys and Emeril. They can sing praises all the way to the bank!

A lot of successful businesses start that way, from a desire to make an improvement, create a solution, or create a niche in order to provide a service or meet a need. Some start just because the founder(s) want to do what they love, or explore an idea and see where it takes them. They’re in it for the adventure.

Some say Life imitates Art. I don’t think so. I believe the smart ones create art from life. In case you didn’t know, the chicken came first (Genesis 1). I believe I’ll make a more effective impact in the lives of others if I keep seeking answers to my own questions. I definitely choose to live that way. It’s a lot more fun!

Have you ever watched the Disney movie, Tangled? There’s a scene and a song in a tavern. They sing, “I’ve got a dream…”  Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. Moody Blues sings about a dream. Similar words are sung by Mama Rose in the musical and the movie, Gypsy, only she says, “I had a dream.” The finale song, Everything’s Coming Up Roses is where she makes her transition. Enough dreaming about everybody else, it’s Mama’s turn!

Hey people, let’s do this! Take those dreams off the back burner of your life. Stop living your life through your dream for somebody else. Your potential to change many lives for the better begins with y-o-u. Create solutions and bring joy for y-o-u. Go to the park, take a road trip, or learn how to swim or skate or paint. Join a band or sing silly songs with children or friends. Do something you always dreamed of doing. Smile more, and then go ahead and volunteer to bring joy into the life of someone else: a child, a senior citizen, a community. It doesn’t take money so much as it takes courage. You’re the adult, you can totally do this!

Whoo hoo! It’s my turn to see my dreams come true. You can say it too. Wow, I just inspired myself. Okay, I’ll share, I’ll share. I really like reading books out loud. I’m going to look for a new group of people to read stories to. That’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while. It’s the first step to something greater.

So, what do you want to do on this fine a-few-days-before summer day? Nobody stops you but you.

As you know….I’m just asking.

And So It Begins – The First of Many Questions

Welcome to my page! I, MsElle3, do joyously enter into the social swim and set down my own unique footprint. Years ago, one of my college professors gave us an easy-to-follow formula for writing an essay: 1) Say what you’re going to say. 2) Say it. 3) Say what you said. Using these three steps, we focused on the topic or thesis sentence, the supporting statements and the summation.

I think the discoveries of life and self and purpose are kind of like that. We can outline and discover our who, what, when, how and why; add color and character and flavor; and then we can make the choice either to live our own stories or stay safe and let others have all the fun. At least, that’s one way of looking at it.

In these conversations I will comment upon topics and activities pertaining to Church, Family, Government, Business, Education, Media, the Arts and Entertainment. We will touch on current events, travel, sports, fitness, wellness, fashion, books, movies, music, relationships, cartoons, recipes, love, romance, television shows, DIY projects, local and global communities, visions, dreams, chocolate, childhood, pets, memories and whatever else comes to mind. I’ll do some questing and make a few observations on the who, what, etc. of it all.

Although I neither farm or garden, I’m a sower. My Bible tells me that the sower sows the Word (Mark 4:14). That’s what I do. I dig up weeds, ready the soil and plant seeds [words] intended to grow positive change in the hearts of others. I use more words as water for encouragement and motivation. I’m a communicator, so of course some of the words I plant are mine. But while I write and speak, I also listen to [and share] the words of others. There are a great many people on the planet that have amazing things to say. 

Now, am I an expert, authoritative know-it-all on how you should live your life? Nope. There is so much I do not know in this life and times. There are more things in life that I have not experienced than what I have. But I have great connections. I know SOMEONE who really does know it all. He’s my Source for all things wise and motivating. He’s my Source for this blog.

To communicate, sometimes I’ll write, other times we will visit via video, music and other forms of social media.  I have a vision and ideas for this blog. Step one to sharing my vision is to write it down so that others can read it. I’ll share it in other posts, and over time, it will surely be seen and come to fruition.

My purpose: to challenge you to be an effective change agent that engages, influences and impacts your very own sphere of influence. The intent is to be fun, articulate, informative and relevant. Bottom line – I want to give you something to think about, and prayerfully, something to use in order to be more and do more in this earth. But I also want you to get some enjoyment out it. I tank at telling jokes, but I do like finding and sharing some of the warm and funny moments of humanity. In short, these conversations are observations about our journey through life. 

Is yours fun? Do you enjoy your life? I’m known in my own sphere of influence as a quester. I’m always asking questions – to provoke change or interest or to add spice. Lots of times it’s just because I really want to know the answers. I am not shallow, but I won’t get deep. I’ll just aim to be relevant. Diversity, the rainbow colors of our skin, culture, geographical regions and ethnicity are all part of the cool things about humanity. We’re all different, and yet we have a number of things in common.

Think about people you know or see: Some exist, some live. Some have things happen, others make things happen. Some people think, others question, some do both, some do neither. Now, since you’re a “people” too, what kind of “peep” be you?

What are you known for? Are you doing what you want to do, or what you think that you should be doing? What DO you want to do AND WHEN do you want to do it? Do you have an outline for your life, or just hopes and wishes? Do you expect to achieve and create great things? If no, why not? Do you even believe that it is possible for greatness to come out of you?

Remember, I don’t just ask questions, I also explore possibilities. These questions will come again. We’ll use them for our explorations and see where they take us. It can be our own verbal rainforest.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my first blog. I’ll end using the style of my college professor. DO YOU: 1) Know what you want to do, 2) Tell yourself that it is possible, 3) Do what you said you would do?

The choice is totally up to you.

As for me…I’m just asking.