My Traveling Shoes

Done found myself a new pair of travelin' shoes to wear on this leg of my journey. Handmade to fit and suit me just right, supportin' and comfortin' me each step of the way.They are wild and colorful as I chose them to be, they suit my personality.
I've traveled so many miles in shoes that someone else bought for me, plain, poorly fitted, worn, second hand, hand me downs. Ohh, they hurt my feet and took me places that I didn't need to go, places that I didn't want to go. For many years I put them on. I was told it was my duty, but my heart was heavy and my cares so many.
Done found myself a new pair of travelin' shoes to wear on this leg of my journey. Handmade to fit and suit me just right, supportin' and comfortin' me each step of the way.They are wild and colorful as I chose them to be, they suit my personality. I bought these shoes. I own these shoes. They are mine.
by Jeanne leigh...copyrighted...2007


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Thursday, September 16, 2010

What Brings YOU Life?


We all have responsibilities. Most of us work hard and try to make the world a better place. Some of us are fortunate in that we have careers or jobs that suit us perfectly and this can make life a lot more pleasant. As for me,  being the wife of a United Methodist pastor, well we usually are relocated every 3 to 5 years which means I begin searching for a new job with each move. I love variety, so this has not been a problem for me at all. As a result, I have worked in mental health as a case manager for severely emotionally disturbed children, I have been a court liason for a mental health center taking referrals and having groups with those children teaching anger management and self-esteem improvement. I have worked in two different libraries and I have also been a local pastor. I have enjoyed all of these vocations, but working in the arts always brings the most life to me. When I am creating something or being part of the creation whether it is in theatre, photography, art, writing or music. I feel most alive. I am in a musical group called Wise Old River. We work full-time and then in our free time we rehearse every opportunity we get. My son, Jamen is the songwriter and guitarist and lead vocalist. My husband Jim is the multi-instrumentalist.  He plays lapsteel, bouzouki, guitar and is always looking for a new and interesting stringed instrument he can learn to play. We also have a friend, Stephen who plays bass. I sing harmony. I love singing harmony.


Rumi says, "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." That makes perfect sense to me. Maybe you are not in a situation where you can do it for a living, but you can still do it. I tell you it never ceases to amaze me. I can be totally exhausted, feel sick, have a headache, be upset and if we begin to sing either for rehearsal or go out and perform somewhere, I am immediately energized. I feel better. This is an elixer for me. Yes, we should do what we love whenever we are able. This is medicine for our soul.


This past Monday our band was on a local tv WCYB news at noon to promote a wonderful festival that takes place this time of year every year. It is called Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion http://www.bristolrhythm.com/ Wise Old River is performing there on Saturday and Sunday. I am so looking forward to this time of doing what I love. Check out this song we played on WCYB http://www.wcyb.com/video/24991719/


So, I ask you, "What brings you life or what makes you happiest?" Make time to do it. Be healed, be whole, enjoy what you love. Peace, Jeanne

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