The Finish Line

19 Jun
The Finish Line

by Linda Ratcliff

Don’t be so focused on the finish line that you fail to enjoy the journey.
– David Weekly

The Finish Line

I started a new diet about two months ago.  And so far, all I have lost is 2 months and 8 pounds.  Now you may want to pat me on the back and say, “Way to go! You didn’t put it on in a day, and if you take it off slowly – it will stay off. But that’s discouraging for me.  I want to git’er done.  I want to reach the finish line, and I want to reach it TODAY.

That’s not going to happen but I have grit, and I plan to watch what I eat until the day I reach my finish line. But then what happens?  Can I go back to eating the way I used to?  Can I put aside everything I learned about good eating habits and just go back to “normal”?


The truth is … I will never actually reach the finish line with regard to watching my weight, because this is a life commitment.  The magic number can’t be the only goal for me.  I have to resolve to maintain that weight.  I will need to eat right from now on (for the most part).  AAAARRRGH!!!

Now let’s apply this to your music.

Can you make a play list of songs you want to be able to play for others or with others at jams, and then stop there?  

Is there a finish line for your dulcimer playing?

I say, “NO, you will never reach the finish line with your music.”

If you know your playlist, learn some new tunes.  
Review old tunes.  
Make up a new arrangement for a tune you already know and add it as one more verse.  
There will ALWAYS be something else to do, something new to practice on your dulcimer.  

If you have any questions, always feel free to ask
Steve or myself.
Happy dulcimering,

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3 responses to “The Finish Line

  1. Ron Lang

    September 16, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I just joined as a member, after having a custom 6 string Dulcimer (with electrics) made for me. I used to play 12 string guitar, but unfortunately, a permanent hand injury forced me to give it all up – until I ‘accidentally’ saw a dulcimer and concluded I could play (learn) one – hoping to rekindle my love for playing an instrument.

    I ordered a full chromatic version (got it yesterday) and look forward to the different lessons, tunings and theory to help me put it together.

    I hope to see more on ‘chromatic’ applications in the future, but I know that the ‘basic’ instrument still holds the biggest interest and following. I suspect that there’s still lots there in the basics that will add to the bigger picture.

    thxs ! and see ya !

    • Steve Eulberg

      September 17, 2017 at 4:55 am

      Thanks for investing in your musical life and letting us know your experience and hopes! May the rekindled love for music burn strong! Sincerely, Steve Eulberg

    • Steve Eulberg

      November 14, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Hi Ron, Erin Mae Lewis will be giving an on-line Chromatic Class this Saturday! (Nov 18, 2017) Look for the newsletter this week to see the details and how to tune in. Cheers, Steve Eulberg


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