So why does this blog have the title that it does?
The title comes from a philosophy imparted on to me, many years ago, by my college roommate, David G. He had this thought that, like the Muses of yore, everyone should have a group of individuals who inspire them. A group of folk who, through their creativity, passion, knowledge, etc., could provide guidance on whatever it was you needed guidance on (creativity, spirituality, morality, etc.).
Unlike the Muses, David whittled his group of inspirers down to three and called them a troika. In college and after, David challenged those close to him (and a even a few not so close to him much to thier vexation) to “form your troika”.
It was almost a mantra for him. David thought that a person’s choice of troika could reveal a great deal about that person. One interesting aspect of one’s troika is that it was perfectly legit for a person’s troika to change. People change as they mature, so why shouldn’t a person’s group of inspirers change?
Due to a fascinating set of circumstances (that I don’t have space now to get into), I know that David’s most recent (and perhaps last?) troika included musician Sara Hickman, poet Sara Teasdale, and playwright William Shakespeare.
As for me, my troika are painter Claude Monet, comedian George Carlin, and author Douglas Adams.
How about you?