What brings joy and inspiration to you?

| May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments


Chaplain (Capt.) Curtis Hulshizer
8th Special Troops Battalion
8th Theater Sustainment Command


I never thought of myself as a musician; yet, over the past couple years, I have written nearly 20 songs.

It all started about two years ago when I deployed to Afghanistan.

There was a simple acoustic guitar in the chapel facility just waiting to be played. I told myself I would not leave Afghanistan until I could play that guitar.

Whenever I had a spare moment, I would practice until my fingers couldn’t take it any longer.

I remember, one very late night, something clicked. I was actually playing and singing a song. It felt like I was having a religious experience. It was amazing!

The next morning, I returned to the chapel to play the guitar – just to make sure that the night before wasn’t a fluke.

When I returned from that deployment, I continued guitar practice and then experimented with song writing. The guitar has become a source of joy and inspiration for me.

What brings joy and inspiration for you? For some, that question may be easy to answer. It might be something like sports, exercise, music or working on your car.

My challenge – to all reading this article – is to find out what it is you love to do. If you’ve found it, keep it up. If not, seek out things that spark your interest.

Don’t be shy to try new adventures. It might be working with wood, writing or painting. Try many things, and you may discover a new hobby and learn new skills. When you do, don’t keep it to yourself. Share it!

As much as I love playing my guitar and writing songs, I don’t stop there. The songs I write are gifts to others. For example, one of my first songs was, “Running in Circles in Afghanistan.” It was written to commemorate the time my commander and I spent running during our deployment.

We ran a 2-mile loop around our forward operating base and covered many. As a gift, I gave him a framed picture containing the words of the song with a faded picture of our FOB in the background. I believe that meant a great deal to him; what gave me joy turned out to be something I can use to bless others.

My faith tradition teaches me that we are to use our talents to serve others. If we keep it to ourselves, we miss out on tremendous blessing. This might mean we invite others to join us as we exercise our passion, teaching others how to do it or using our talents to serve others.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d ever be a singer songwriter. As much as I enjoy playing my guitar, the joy I receive blessing others pales in comparison.

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