I enjoy writing words and sentences that have the potential for more than one meaning. Professionals might call it “word play” (yeah ok, “ambiguity” works too. lol). I like when the interpretation of a group of words is wide open. That is to say there are as many “meanings” as there are people reading those words.
That being said, may I reiterate that it is both the challenge and fun of writing to express a thing (ahem, excuse me – idea, feeling, concept, story, thought) as purely as possible, as true to what is showing on the ticker tape looping ’round the old frontal lobe. After that, and if I have done my part successfully, there are words in print waiting for interpretation, recognition and contemplation. Sure. Except at this exact moment (and the ones preceding this one by…..x days) I can’t seem to facilitate the required transubstantiation from head to this here screen.
My problem today is I keep hearing Joey Ramone singing “…we need change and we need it fast…..” (accompanied by that damn infectious melody. check it out). This has been happening an awful lot lately – getting a song stuck in my head. A few choice lyrics, part of the melody, or simply the hook. It seems to set the tone for my day. Whatever it is, it has power. Yes, I know – it has as much power as I want/choose to give it. You and I, as individuals, empower all manner and aspects of our lives.
Being a clark, (and living all inside my head), I try to remind myself on a fairly regular basis that “power is a verb”. It is an act. It’s a non-physical concept with the potential to directly affect the physical. No, this is not metaphysical Monday 2 days late (or 5 days early). It’s just been bugging me that in the last week + I’ve had the seeds of several posts begin to germinate in my all too goopy brain matter. The problem? (aside from the constant Ramones loop) is I’m no where near a computer when the energy starts to coalesce. Once the moment has passed, any creative coalescence is more like the steady, slow flow….of maple syrup out of a Maine tap.* Or there’s too many outside interruptions… It’s just a case of “wrong time, wrong place”. Then it all goes away – big time. As in big top, Barnun & Bailey, circus time.
So what about today’s title? The epiphany? The power? Affecting change? (didn’t mention that one?) Good questions. When I sat down in front of this screen today, I had every intention to write about the re-realization that I was first an individual, secondly the other half of a couple. Part of a team. I reminded myself: moving forward in life has to be done first as an individual, then, if there is an “other half”, as a unit. Without singularity first in mind, without the confidence in self, without cultivating power, without action/movement forward, there is no tapping for the sweetness that resides in the tree that is life.*
*What can I say? Today is the official start of Spring. Isn’t everyone out “tapping trees” today?