Sunday, May 17, 2015

Monsters and Cowboys

There is a writing opportunity peeking at me from around a corner. Its winking eyes are playful and enticing. And it looks like a fun character to hang around with.

But I haven't ventured around the corner yet.

I'm afraid those playful eyes are attached to a monster that will lead me far from home. And I'm not a monster tamer.

Or even a monster friend.

I don't know monster language or monster culture.

And I won't fit in. Monsters are big and intimidating. They can conquer big and intimidating things. I'm just me.

It's completely out of my comfort zone.

Yesterday the Cowboy and I were discussing this writing opportunity. 

Finally I said, "They need a writer. Someone who can smell the smells, see the views, hear the sounds, and make that come alive on paper. But I don't know if I'm the right one for the job."

Without a second's hesitation, the Cowboy, king of analogies, replied, "That's like a bronc rider up on the chute looking down at the bronc below and saying, 'Nope. That's not the horse for me.'
He just gets on and rides it. That's what cowboys do."

Hmmm ... I think I just took a few steps closer to those playful eyes around the corner.


  1. I'm with the Cowboy. For me, I had to focus only on the task at hand. That was simply the little flower growing there at the corner. Keep your eyes there, Joy. Smell it's sweetness. Drink in the colours. Yours is not to concern yourself with what's around the corner.

    The flowers are clothed, tomorrow can worry about itself.... You know all the verses. Now you get to put them into practice. Besides. if I could do it, so can you!!!

  2. I'm with the Cowboy too. He is wise. :)
    AND, have you ever watched the movie, Monsters Inc.? Some of those "monsters" may turn out to be your best friends or one of the best things that ever happened to you. Be brave, Joy. Joshua 1. You can do it!

    1. I love that movie, Connie. Thanks for the encouragement.

  3. Love this- just ride it! :) Wise words, indeed....

    1. Yes, he definitely has his wise moments. :)