Jul 23, 2014

Almost 760 Days -

Two years ago during the early days of August 2012, I spent 2 days working on setting up VIP on eBlogger. I combined two blogs, my objective to have one place, one url, one destination to capture, record and share one of the activities I love most, writing:  telling stories, sharing experiences, photographs, art, poetry and from time to time, including reprints of articles, essays, etc.  

Two years ago I wrote the text below, it was then and continues to be now, what VIP is all about.  From time to time people ask me why I have a blog.  In the simplest form, I want to document and share, I want to participate in the stories of life, I enjoy writing and this allows me an easy, efficient way to engage in writing and to be able to share and have access to the content.  

Right behind my desk at home, on the bookshelf that lines the office, there are 15 spiral notebooks that I wrote in daily from 7th grade until I graduated from college. Back then I was keeping a daily journal. This practice of writing is familiar to me and necessary.  

In a few weeks, 760 days will have passed.  So much has happened, in the world, in each of our lives, our family, work, children, friends.  My hope and wish for all who visit these posts or subscribe to them,  that you from time to time make a connection, that from time to time you have a new thought or idea or perspective, that perhaps a photograph stirs your heart a tiny bit. 

As always I appreciate your comments, reactions, emails and especially your support and encouragement.  Thanks from my heart. 

Elena M. Arosemena 
Atlanta, GA 

From August 2012 
If you know me, you know I have structure, order, planning, and the need for details, in my DNA. Structure and order have been part of my life since I can remember. 

I am the child of two amazing parents, JoAnn Catherine and Rogelio Augusto, both who were driven, appreciated structure and loved to face and take on challenges and opportunities. I am also the middle child, the sibling birth order: Ana, Rogelio, Elena, Carlos, Tobias.

As I've read and been told the middle child often becomes a life long planner, a mediator, an individual who wants connections, who wants people, family, friends and colleagues to be connected and to prosper and grow from the connections.

Part of "planning" for me requires knowing the possibilities, knowing the landscape, knowing the expectations. I love to plan, one of my favorite planning activities, travel.  I love to photograph order and patterns. I can remember dates and times, better than names.  I have a clock that projects the time on the ceiling in my bedroom.  My poems, all free verse, 99% of them fit on a page and are made up of two verse stanzas. 

I am all of the above, and yes to a fault. As much good as order and structure and planning can bring to the cadence of life, it can also hamper all high structure people from seizing the moment, from speaking from the heart, from living in the moment, in the present, in the now, from seeing the obvious and glaring right in front of our eyes. It can hamper possibilities and opportunities because we don't like surprises, because we want to predict the outcome.  

I work at this everyday, trusting that there is already a path and a plan and a life scripted for Elena, hence I am a Verse in Progress.  

Everyday, even at 55 years, I am growing, learning, wondering, hoping, wishing, recognizing, celebrating and praying. 

Verse in Progress is all of me. I've  wanted for a very long time to have a place to write, to record, to yes, "organize", capture and share the experiences, the photographs, the thoughts, ideas, prayers, the dreams, the hopes of my life that matter, that bring joy, wonder, spirit, and learning, the "verses" that make a difference .

Verse in Progress is such a place; I hope you will visit from time to time and enjoy the posts.  I've  combined all my prior blogs into VIP, with the ability to tag or label the posts, so anyone  visiting can easily get to whatever areas or topics they may be interested in reading.  

Verse in Progress is a reflection of my mind, heart, soul; a reflection of verses I have written in the past, those I am living and writing currently and those yet to be written.  I reviewed several definitions of the word verse and the one that caught my attention: verse is metrical composition.  

The word metrical makes me think of measurement, tracking, cadence, accountability, compartments, and the word composition, simply the words; the words that record my experiences, hopes, dreams, plans, aspirations, fears, celebrations and prayers.