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.
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