Building blocks

let-things-goOver the daily course of our lives, we develop many relationships. Some healthy, others destructive. If we are vigilant, the problematic ones are not permitted to proliferate their malignancy, tarnishing our being and existence. And sometimes, we need to have the courage to walk away, just in time, despite the hypnotizing effect cast upon us, and separate ourselves from those ruinous liaisons we are sometimes drawn towards, whether by conscious decision or by fate.



Dear Ms. Block,

It’s not you, it’s me. I fell captive to your charm. I was enticed by the forbidden fruit you presented to me. I was arrogant to believe that the power you hold could be turned away from at will. Just a small bite couldn’t hurt, could it? The fruits of my thought tree were harvested with ease until you walked into my life. And since that moment in time, my mental gait is characterized by careful planning, walking on pins and needles, wary of every potential pitfall along the way, instead of a playful and carefree skip through the thoughts and emotions of my cerebral garden.

But, I don’t blame you. You are just doing your job. You’re only presenting that necessary challenge which makes the journey through life all that more gratifying and meaningful. You may not even like your job. And if that’s the case, I commend you for carrying forward with such tenacity and resolve. I have no negative feelings toward you, even if you admit that you enjoy the broadside slap to my ego that you so often administer.

I have chosen to summon you into my world. I have cracked open the door. I have welcomed you, unaware of the consequences it would create. And you have kicked that door wide open, bringing your friends, self-doubt and timidity, along with you. I don’t remember inviting them to the party, but no matter. I suppose that when you grab one end of the stick, you also get what’s attached to the other end.

If only I had known the acquaintances you keep, I may have made a different decision, never inviting you in the first place. But, maybe I needed to take this necessary diversion in order to appreciate the jovial nature within my realm before you and your friends crashed my party. The truth is, in a somewhat warped and convoluted way, I thank you for opening my eyes to just how enchanting my world was before you arrived. Thoughts free-flowing, ideas germinating like freshly planted seeds, nurtured through the use of my senses, absorbing the magic and beauty of everyday experiences.

It’s been an enlightening ride with you, bouncing through the potholes, swerving to avoid the puddles you set in my path. Was it a beneficial journey? Yes. Was it an enjoyable one? Not really. I have reached my tipping point. Enough is enough. We cross paths with those we encounter for a reason. But, now I am ready to exit this superhighway of malformed creativity. I will always remember you, for what you added to my existence through subtraction. I am stronger for the challenges that you presented to me. I am humbled by the things you have taught me, but I am courageously taking the next step forward. I have many adventurous and breathtaking travels ahead of me. I have a passionate rendezvous planned with my first love, inspiration. I am trading in my relationship with you, writer’s block, for creative building blocks that cause those walls you forge to come crumbling down. Adios. Au revoir. Arrivederci. Good bye Ms. Block. I will not forget you, nor will I miss you.


The Sarcastic Muse


6 thoughts on “Building blocks

  1. balroop2013 May 16, 2014 / 12:06 pm

    Hi Dave,

    This makes a refreshing reading…a very creative and alluring style! The irony is that she keeps on captivating its lovers time and again and they also keep falling to its charms, unawares…torn between inspiration and divergent ways…the journey, however continues!
    Thanks for making my morning so pleasant!

    • davecenker May 16, 2014 / 1:38 pm

      Thank you Balroop for your kind comments. Although my style to date has been somewhat traditional in the form of telling a story and sharing my perspectives, I felt that it was time to expand my horizons, if only a little bit, and stretch my writing in a slightly different direction. I am happy that you enjoyed this post and offet best wishes for an inspired day 😉

  2. Marquita Herald (@marquitaherald) May 17, 2014 / 3:51 pm

    Love it Dave and in reading your letter to Ms. Block so many examples came to mind – people, things, my own stubbornness, ah ain’t life a grand adventure?! You know I must admit though that even among the worst of the worst comes with some redemption – a lesson or awakening of some kind. I think of the worst person I ever worked for and despite her royal bitchiness, I must also give credit for all that she taught me. But as you so artfully point out, there comes a time to move on – thank heaven! Thanks for the inspiration Dave 🙂

    • davecenker May 17, 2014 / 6:50 pm

      Thank you Marty, for your kind comments and for the discovery that I hoped would be made with this seemingly shallow piece.

      Although I outwardly speak of writer’s block in this post, my thoughts drifted to all the negative energy that surrounds us. And how, for whatever reason, we allow ourselves to be consumed and directed by it.

      There comes a time when the discomfort of remaining where you are is stronger than your fear of taking action. The pendulum swings, momentum is built, and inertia takes over.

      Every relationship, whether it is with people, things, ideas, or emotions provides us with mental fodder to move forward with tenacity towards the next step on our path. My letter has convinced me of that on many different levels. Thank you for taking the time to comment, I sincerely appreciate it 😉

  3. apartmentwife May 19, 2014 / 2:34 pm

    what a fun read! this was entertaining and quirky and the word play kept it fresh. ” I suppose that when you grab one end of the stick, you also get what’s attached to the other end” – brilliant! more posts like this, please?

    • davecenker May 19, 2014 / 2:56 pm

      Thank you Jen, I appreciate the kind comments. I have been so traditional in my form over the course of my posting that I figured I would mix it up a little bit, expand my horizons, and push the envelope. This is one of my first writing exercises that has provided multiple layers of comprehension, depending upon how you read it. I actually quite enjoyed the foray into a new realm. If said sarcastic muse cooperates, I will be more than happy to oblige your request for more posts like this 😉

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