The Pumpkin Topiary Post I Almost Didn’t Write
Cute, sweet, little pumpkin topiary right? Well, the problem is I almost didn’t write this post…or any other for that matter.
I think the highfalutin word for what I have been lately is…contemplative. You see, this blog has always been a place where I can share what I’m doing in my home in hopes that my small little projects will inspire someone out there to try something in their home that makes a difference in their life.
But a while back I started to feel like this blog should be more inspiring, unique, impactful. That I should use this platform to really, really help others in ways that would change their lives. A pumpkin topiary that will change your life in some fundamental way? I gotta tell you, that’s a lot of pressure for some little pumpkins.
Like you, when I saw the events of Las Vegas unfold and mark yet another event in history of senseless violence and loss of life and was horrified…I really thought about leaving blogging. I mean, really, why should anyone care about pumpkin topiaries and my favorite dishes and how to arrange a fall vignette? I thought, these things are REALLY, really, not important. They don’t matter at all.
For years, I have read and taught the poem Out, Out by Robert Frost. It’s always made me so sad and mournful for the lives that have been lived and forgotten over the centuries. I always thought it was awful how the people in the poem just went back to their lives like nothing happened. Analysis of the poem indicated Frost wrote this in response to young boys going off to World War I and dying.
So, for a while now, it has felt like this silly little blog and forwarding a narrative focused on superficial subjects like pumpkin topiaries is a lot like walking away from the dying boy and turning to my own business. But then…
me and my contemplative self had a little revelation. If I were the boy…what would I want “them” to do? The answer…live every moment they get. Keep creating art, literature, music, inventions, and loving on all the people in their lives. Make dinner, centerpieces, and pillow covers. Fill the moments of their lives with actions that feed their minds and souls…even if it happens to be an afternoon making a pumpkin topiary.
So, have I decided to keep this little blog up and running? Yes. All the “How To Be A Blogger” books stress how important it is to solve people’s problems. Give them content that helps them in their own life…thus a gazillion how to tutorials are floating all over Pinterest. But is that why you are here?
I hope not. Although there is a place for that…my ultimate hope is this little blog gives you a few moments of your life once in a while that make you happy you stopped by.
That’s my goal.
That’s what I want.
A simple little pleasure…kind of like a piece of good chocolate. Can you live without chocolate? Absolutely! But, why would anyone want to?
Later this week I’ll be asking you what would make your time here more joyful through a little survey. I hope you’ll stop back and let me know.
Much love sent your way,