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Finding Your Groove

Compassion, Courage, and the Art of Reinvention

Have you ever had one of those weeks where life throws you a curveball, and you find yourself wrestling with your own expectations and plans? It happens to the best of us. But here's the thing, especially for folks like us who are on the journey of reinventing ourselves, whether we're musicians, artists, writers, or just folks in recovery: there's a powerful duo that can help us navigate these twists and turns – compassion and courage.

I wear a few hats myself, from composing tunes to belting them out on stage. These days, I'm also in the business of coaching fellow creatives in recovery, helping them rediscover their creative mojo and find their path in sobriety. And let me tell you, this insight I picked up recently hits home for all of us.

Compassion: The Pat on the Back

So, picture this: you've got this grand vision, but things don't quite pan out as you hoped. That's where compassion comes into play. It's like giving yourself a pat on the back, acknowledging that it's alright to stumble now and then. We've all got this inner perfectionist who loves to nitpick, especially in the creative world. But compassion steps in and says, "Hey, chill out. Breathe. Forgive yourself."

It's the warm hug that reminds us we're only human, and life is a bit like jazz – full of improvisations. Compassion gives us the space to dust ourselves off, no matter how many times we've fallen. But if we stop there, we stay stuck.

Courage: The 'Let's Try Again' Attitude

Compassion is just the starting point. It's the runway for our creative takeoff. What follows is courage, my friends. It's not about fearlessness; it's about facing those fears head-on.

For us, courage means going back to that canvas, strumming those strings, or diving back into the blank page, even when self-doubt lurks in the shadows. It's about giving it your all, no matter how scary it might seem. Courage is the spark that turns intentions into action. It's that inner nudge that says, "Okay, it didn't work out as planned, but let's give it another shot."

Compassion Leads to Courage, Courage Leads to Change

Here's the secret sauce: Compassion leads to Courage, and Courage leads to Change.

It's the sweet harmony that keeps us grooving through life's ups and downs, both in our creative endeavors and on the path of recovery. Remember that equation – it's our jam, our masterpiece.

Whether you're a fellow musician, an artist, a writer, or just someone on a journey of self-discovery, hold onto this. Let compassion be your soft landing, and courage your catalyst for growth.

In this grand symphony of creation and recovery, remember that compassion and courage are your trusty sidekicks. With them by your side, you've got all the mojo you need to paint your own vibrant future, infused with the hues of your creativity and the resilience of your spirit. So, let's keep grooving, my friends – compassion, courage, and change await.

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Mike Golch
Mike Golch
Sep 11, 2023


Skip Sams
Skip Sams
Sep 11, 2023
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Thank you Mike! I appreciate you taking the time to read and the encouraging feedback. I think you just gave me an idea for an upcoming blog. Encouragement is a simple as one word. Something like that anyway :-)


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