“I hope this will bring us all together and reveal how connected we are…even though we are each in our own little world!” — Cadyluck Leedy
While dipping my toes in the world of the blogging challenge, I recently discovered the Just One Person From Around the World challenge hosted by That Travel Lady In Her Shoes. Considering how much I love connecting with others, and it’s something humanity desperately needs to preserve worldwide, this challenge spoke directly to my heart.
Hard to believe it was 10 years ago already that I met Rainbow Main in Falmouth, Jamaica.
I had just begun hand drumming in 2009 and hoped to return home with a drum. Rather than tchotchke souvenirs, I intentionally seek out more memorable local treasures. (On this trip I also took home a dozen CDs that the local children made for me of their favorite Jamaican musicians which I still love listening to today.)
Rainbow Man happily demonstrated this drum for me. And could he play! When I asked permission to take his photo that appears as the feature of this post, he responded with that wonderful broad smile and stylish hat!
The Universal Language of Hand Drumming
Hand drumming to me is a universal language like a smile. No words are necessary for hearts to speak to each other through the rhythm of the drums.
While recovering from a chronic illness led me to try Afro-Cuban hand drumming (mostly on conga drums), the benefits were more far reaching than anticipated. Besides increasing energy levels, it connects with others on a deeper level, and is my preferred mode of meditation.
Proven positive effects of hand drumming/recreational music making (RMM) include reducing symptoms of stress, fatigue, anxiety, hypertension, asthma, chronic pain, arthritis, mental illness, addiction, and cancer.
I can hardly wait to drum again since ccp/Covid restrictions and lockdowns nixed our get togethers…and it certainly would have been an activity to keep the spirits up this past year.
The Universal Language of Photos
In the meantime, while awaiting physical restrictions to be lifted, I’ve found blogging challenges add a little pizzazz and fun to life (especially while avoiding single digit temps and mountains of snow). Interesting to see what attracts the camera, and the varied interpretations of photos shared, or even the challenge themes for that matter.
Here’s a few other challenges I’ve been drawn to already:
- Travel Words monthly Life in Colour Photo Challenge
- The Lens-Artists weekly photo challenge is hosted by 4 different bloggers, one for each week:
- Buddha Walks Into a Wine Bar’s Challenge Your Camera photo challenge with a different theme each week
- …and not to be missed is Cee’s Photo Challenges which generously provides a comprehensive list of blogging challenges (along with her own cool photos and challenges)
One word of caution though. Blogging challenges are so addictive I ended up starting my own. It’s a monthly challenge called Changing Focus. If you are so inclined, please join in!