Random Thoughts from a Random Mind

This has been a gray week. My mind has been in a muddle, where words, ideas, thoughts, frustrations, hopes, and fear all wander through the fog that seeps into my brain from the outside–from the weather–and makes me feel unable to accomplish anything. Today, however, the golden fall sunshine seems to have decided to make an appearance, and with it comes the urge to clear out the fog that is in my brain and find some sense and meaning.

The golden sunshine begins.

Of course, that’s not easy, so today I will be writing one of those posts that follow the whim of my words and thoughts. Stream of conscious rambling to clear the murkiness and lay down a path toward clarity. I understand if you don’t decided to follow along. I’m not sure I would. 🙂 I’ll try my best to give meaning to my words.

The Randomness of Blogging: Some of you have noticed that I haven’t been blogging regularly for a while. Some have mentioned it when I comment. Some have e-mailed or said something on Facebook. Most haven’t reacted at all, which is no surprise. What has been surprising to me is that suddenly I have been getting new followers. (Welcome to all of you who have joined me recently.) Why is this surprising? Well, I haven’t been writing a lot. I have been commenting and I try to always respond to comments on my posts, but it’s not like I’ve been making any new statements or ranting about society or contributing to poetry or prose. Yet somehow I’m getting followers. Blogging is so random sometimes.

The Randomness of Writing: The last time I posted, I reported on the status of my book.  I have worked on it some more, but this week, mired in the muddle of my mind, I feel like I’ve hit another road block. I don’t have writer’s block, exactly, but I can’t seem to find the focus that I had last week. Does weather do that to you ever? How do you make your way through the murk?

The Randomness of Fall: I love fall. It has always been my favorite season. I love the smells, the colors, the quality of light. I would rather be outside on a warm fall day than on a hot summer day.  I love the flavors of fall; the cinnamon and apples, caramel and pumpkin spice.

Apple picking a couple of weeks ago.

But this fall seems particularly random, or off in some way. It feels like the leaves have turned too early. Some trees have already lost their leaves, while others still cling to the green of summer. The weather changes in the blink of an eye (I know, I know, I live in New England). From blazing hot days to shivering cold. From moments of sunshine to moments of gloom.  At least, however, those variations bring with them rainbows.

Driving home on a gloomy fall day.

This fall I feel disoriented and confused, but I have a theory why. It may, of course, have a little to do with global warming, but I’d rather blame it on the nauseating election season. The fumes and negativity, vicious attacks, ridiculousness, and everything else is leaking into the atmosphere and disturbing the beauty of my favorite season. I have decided to avoid it all now. I won’t discuss it. I won’t debate. I won’t listen to debates.  I won’t engage. Instead, I’m going to focus on the color, the light, the smells and the tastes of my favorite season and recognize when it’s time let go and focus on the joy.

Joy can be found in the smallest achievements.

The Randomness of Life: Yesterday I was listening to Studio 360. The show included an interview with Andrew McCarthy (of Pretty in Pink fame) who went on, after Hollywood to create a career as a travel writer. Listening to his interview, as well as an interview with Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of the Public Theatre in New York, made me think about the reality and randomness of our paths in life.

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Very few people follow a straight path throughout their life, knowing from the beginning where they want to go and finding their way their without twists and turns. Life doesn’t function that way. A man who became well-known in 80’s movies, went on to discover his voice in the discomfort of travel. A boy who was a near runaway at 14 went on to become one of the most powerful voices in theatre in the country, after realizing that acting wasn’t his route. My own path, and even my destination, are still so very unclear, but it is the very randomness of that journey that makes each day one full of possibility, even in my confusion and my darker moments.

I now choose to define success in my own terms, even if that form is not recognizable in the eyes of others. I also choose to enjoy the randomness of the journey. It will be interesting to look back at the end and see where I have been.

So there you have it folks, random thoughts from a random mind.

What kind of randomness are you thinking about today?

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. SmallHouseBigGarden
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 11:36:31

    This is one of the best posts I’ve read in days by anyone. I like everything about it, but I especially like your clarity of thought here. If that’s what comes of having a muddled mind, embrace it…it works!


  2. Sharon
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 12:30:11

    Love the fall apple pic. I never thought about fall as “random”, but now that you say it, it does have that quality. I’m currently wearing a thick cardigan for the 39deg walk to school over a tank top for the 70deg walk home (btw a new dance top that I couldn’t resist until the end of the month for my reward).


  3. Kathryn McCullough
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 15:45:12

    Most things are feeling random to me these days. Must be one of those times. Maybe it is the election. At any rate, glad the sun came out today–for both of us!


  4. 4amWriter
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 09:19:51

    Yes, life is random. I think it is supposed to be random, which for a planner like myself, used to bother me a lot. Now that I’m older and wiser 🙂 I try to take each day as it comes and roll with it. I definitely don’t stress out as much over the randomness, and that’s made a big difference for me.


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Oct 06, 2012 @ 09:22:41

      I think its easier to be a planner when you are younger and it feels like whatever you plan can come true. However, as you get older you learn that plans go awry and you just have to go with the flow.


  5. CMSmith
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 13:58:46

    I love your little success graphic. I think the fall is a very difficult time to stay inside and work. I want to be out in the cool crisp air kicking through crunchy fallen leaves, soaking it all up because I know winter is coming.

    You only live once. Make each day count. 🙂


  6. Victoria-writes
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 05:00:46

    Yes life is random but sometimes the best thins happen when you don’t expect them. Focusing on your favourite things and feeling joy is a great goal to have – that is wonderful in itself.


  7. youngamericanwisdom.com
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 16:37:23

    I had an enormous crush on Andrew McCarthy in the 80’s! Thanks for reminding me.

    I love your path to success. Enjoy the random twists and turns…that’s the stuff that makes us who we are.


  8. Julia Kovach
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 14:06:38

    Some great random thoughts, Lisa. I really enjoyed this post. You really have a way about you…….xoxo


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