Some people embrace change. Others avoid it like the plague. As someone who has switched things up many times, one thing I do know is this: Shift happens.
Sometimes, it’s because you know you needed to shift or because circumstances changed and you had no choice. In both cases, you find yourself on the road to reinvention. The question is…which road will you take?
Finding your beat
The above photo contains a small sampling of all my drums. All of them are used for different purposes and all of them create different sounds. For Latin or rock beats, I’d use the congas and bongos in the back left corner. If I want to play a jazz or rock tune, I’d use the drum set. For drum therapy and my classes, I use the smaller drums on the floor on the left.
I’m a late bloomer, I’m self-taught, and I play by ear. And I’m definitely a different drummer! For example, yes I do play what looks like African drums but I don’t do African drumming. Or drum circles. I use drumming for health and wellness – with a dash of rock. I created my own lane. This quick video explains things pretty well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpIbqaeehds
Honoring your gifts
It took me many years to really discover who I was and what I wanted to do with my gifts and talents. I had to deal with many critics and naysayers. I almost gave up many times.
But the more I drummed with people and the more I began seeing fast results, the more I could no longer deny that there was something going on here. And it was very powerful. I dismissed my results at first, thinking that it was just a fun and entertaining activity. But I soon realized it was way more than that.
Eventually, I realized in order to honor my Divine Assignment of using drumming for healing, I needed to let some things go. They might have been fun. They might have paid really well. But they weren’t in alignment with my mission. Yes, more changes are coming in the fall.
Just like in drumming, sometimes you need to pare things down, so you can shine your light.
The leap of faith
Switching gears sometimes takes a huge leap of faith. If you need some clarity about your next steps, why not go ahead and schedule your free call? There is absolutely no obligation. I know what it’s like to be at a crossroads. You just may need to change your beat and activate your superpowers! Are you ready?
Dori Staehle lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is a certified drum therapist, Toca Percussion artist, author, speaker, ADHD specialist, and owner of Next Stage Drumming. Dori offers a unique blend of music, mentoring, motivation, and ministry. She specializes in kids and adults with ADHD and special needs, and stressed out entrepreneurs. Virtual and in-person programs are available. Click here to schedule a call to find out more!