Picture this: I once played the trombone! A member of my seventh grade junior high band, I never aced a performance, as my arms were too short to slide out to the last scale position. Realizing my slight disadvantage, I attempted to make up for it by giving extra energy to those notes that I could reach.
In 1975, my fellow budding musicians and I performed Billboard pop hits as we marched down Main Street for various parades. Today, I’m more in tune with my spiritual journey and how it positively influences my life.
Everyone loves the comic strip Peanuts! Personally, I relate to a mix of Snoopy’s upbeat force and Linus’ calm reasoning, yet, I admire the musical genius, Schroeder. After all, this kid plays a tee-tiny baby grand and transforms himself into the great interpreter of Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven and other classical giants. Schroeder never saw his miniature piano as a hindrance; instead, he banged the ivories with magical sophistication.
As each of us makes our own kind of music, it’s important not to dwell on any perceived shortcomings, whether they’re limited limbs or reduced resources. Focus on the passion, determination and vision (and, yes, talent) that will manifest an amazing harmony.
Make your life the concert you’ll never forget!
Love and light,