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manifesto monday: repitition

2.09.2010

have i told you how very grateful i am for all of you and your kindness? well, i am grateful beyond words. how nice is it to know that the world is filled with nice people? thank you!

this weekend was perfect. i was able to check everything off of my little list: writing, talking with farmers, sewing, sharing tea with good friends, reading, and picking ceej up from the airport!! this last thing has lifted my spirits high indeed. we've had a peaceful and relaxing two days together, catching up on everything that has happened in the space between.

but, what i wish to write about today is practice. i practiced my bach on the piano this weekend, and found how much i love the repition that happens in practicing. i play the same song over and over again. i play the same line again and again. sometimes i even have to play a small two-note series twenty times over before it begins to feel familiar, and my confidence gains. as i was deep into my practicing i realized, yes, a life lesson. i realized that as we pursue our dreams and goals we must repeat the same steps over and over again...often meeting with defeat or shortcomings. often when i run up against a wall multiple times i easily give up and tell myself it shouldn't be so hard...so instead of sticking with it, i change my goal to an easier fit. oh, what an unwise thing it is to chase the easy way!

so, now, with my new insight i am more dedicated to pursuing my goals no matter how many times i fail and have to repeat the same steps over and over again. it is good exercise for the heart and soul indeed. this i believe.

10 comments:

bigBANG studio said...

yes, pracicepracticepractice. and adjust accordingly.

i am always relearning this process. so many paintings are really just practice for one good one, but i don't realize it until that rare good painting happens.

welcome home ceej!

Marte Marie Forsberg said...

Oh, your words of wisdom rings so true.
This is the year Ann, where our dreams come true, because we are not going to give in or give up for an easier fit. This is the year:)
Love your petite manifestos!

Sara Ballstaedt said...

I wish I would have continued with piano, I kind of gave up after a couple years. Good for you!

Brandi said...

Learning to play the piano is one of my life goals. I will remember your advice when I start

darling savage said...

your blog is so lovely! beautiful photos and sentiments.

Sabriel said...

how beautiful you are! And how much I need to remember these things. I feel quite close to you already. It's so easy to fall into despair, and as I have an extreme learning curve, it's magnificent to read these things and feel alright. Thank you for your hope and inspiration. I love you.

Line said...

oh, this is exactly what I needed. thank you!

S. Etole said...

what a good lesson to remember ... it's so easy to fall back on "easy"

Tori said...

I have been thinking about this lately as well. It is through repetition that we achieve our goals. We go forward, we fall backward, and we get up and start all over. The fall equips us with wisdom that comes only from failure. We are taught the lessons that our mistakes alone could teach us. And because of that, we are able to embrace success, grab hold of our dreams.

Sara Lynn said...

wow what a pretty picture! You have a pretty amazing blog here :) thanks for stopping by mine, I really appreciate the feedback on poems. It means a lot :)