“Do what your mother says – enjoy NOW.”
This was my mom’s response after an email exchange where I bemoaned the fact that I would really love to purchase this Sparrowharp. Except that its purchase would put a pretty big dent in my budget. It’s not that I couldn’t do it, it’s just that – well –isn’t giving myself this gift just a wee bit self-indulgent? What does one do with a Sparrowharp anyway? Besides, there’re starving children to feed, homeless folks to shelter and animals to rescue. And don’t even mention the debt ceiling. We’re in the middle of a fiscal crises and I’m thinking about purchasing a custom-built Autoharp? Why? I should be investing in my future, not buying musical instruments I can barely play. I should be donating to charity, not blowing my savings on a hobby. I should be saving the world. I should be…I should be… I should be more responsible. Shouldn’t I?
Or maybe, just maybe, if I want to save the world, I should think about saving myself first.
Sometimes it’s hard to remember that joy begins at home. We need to remember to nurture our own spirit and embrace what makes us happy. When we understand how to bring joy into our own lives, we’ll find the strength to be a source of joy for others.
Am I going to buy the Sparrowharp? I’m still thinking about it. Playing music is a source of joy for me – it takes me out of head and into my heart. For that reason alone, a Sparrowharp sounds like a pretty good investment.
Besides, a kid should always take her mom’s advice, right?
ps…if you want to hear me pluck out a wee tune on my guitar click here, and then click “Girl From the North Country.”