We all know how challenging music can be. When everything is working right, the musical experience can be one of life’s greatest pleasures, but it is not always a magical moment every time we perform, rehearse, practice or compose. As musicians, we have a relationship with music, our instruments, our compositions, and our fellow musicians. An ideal relationship needs compromise to survive, and yet our inanimate instruments and the demands of music do not know anything about or even practice the fine art of compromise. To stay in a relationship with such stubborn partners, we must learn to be philosophical in order to preserve our sanity and survive.
Fear not, for help and encouragement can be found (or will find you) if you remain open. I’ve found the little newsletter from Vitamin Cottage (Natural Grocers) a wonderful source of appropriate wisdom…little boxes of quotes centrally placed in a page full of ads for vitamins, herbs and supplements. Just take one of these little gems each day to sharpen the mind, dull the pain, and in general feel better and more energized about the work you are doing. Chew well before swallowing.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle
“It’s a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you often get it.” W. Somerset Maugham
“Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.” Norman Vincent Peale
“Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.” Lloyd Alexander
“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” Henry David Thoreau
“Be not afraid of growing slowly. Be afraid only of standing still.” Chinese Proverb
“He who never made a mistake never made a discovery.” Samuel Smiles
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” Confucius
“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” Oscar Wilde
“Adventure is not outside man: it is within.” David Grayson
“Resolve to perform what you ought: perform without fail what you resolve.” Benjamin Franklin