It's the Journey
How many times have we heard “It’s the journey, not the goal”?
Let’s think about that in relation to learning to play the piano. What keeps me motivated as a teacher are my students’ Ah Ha moments. The spark in their eyes, the smile erupting across their face, the exclamation OMG! or some such utterance. When they happen, I get to relive the time I discovered that musical concept too. An added BONUS!
If I had a magic pill that instantly made everyone a wonderful piano player, I would deprive them of that wonderful journey, the journey of Ah Ha moments.
If a piano journey becomes one struggle after another, with no Ah Ha-s, then a course correction is needed. A piano teacher can break it down into smaller steps, and an online practice buddy (preferably without commercials) can teach you by imitation. A goal like a performance can help you focus on what really needs to happen to push through whatever has you struggling. Proper practicing to keep you motivated and keep you on a good journey is imperative. (Blog Affirmations for Piano Practice).
Thinking of the inevitable struggles that precede an Ah Ha, I’m reminded of a poem,
I Wish You Enough. (I think it is by Bob Perks)
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.
I will add two more from a piano point-of-view
I wish you enough Ah Ha moments to propel you on your musical journey
I wish you enough struggles so you enjoy the Ah Ha moments even more.
The Best Of The Season to everyone and may your 2022 journey be enough.
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