Practice Management | 12/20/2017
Just in Time to Celebrate
Last night I attended my kid’s piano recital. While the thought of listening to young people sometimes nervously struggle through a piece they’ve been playing at home for a few months doesn’t really sound like a good time to me, I was impressed. There were kids as young as seven all the way up to 18 playing everything from very polished pieces to “Joy to the World” carefully plunked out with tiny fingers. The thing that really struck me about the evening was the essential thing each student brought to the moment: bravery.
When was the last time you got up in front of people and attempted to do something that made you very nervous? Or the last time you decided to do something you weren’t completely sure about? Stepping out into the unknown, taking a deep breath and diving in is for the brave. We often equate bravery with not being afraid, but I am positive that each of those pianists last night had some fear coursing through their veins. Being brave is to be afraid and still try.
As I listened to them play, I wondered what 2018 could be if, in spite of our nervousness, our self consciousness, our desire to protect ourselves from not being perfect, we were brave. What would it look like for me? What would it look like for you?
- Is there a personal goal to set for 2018? I’m not just talking about signing up for CrossFit. Maybe it has more to do with saying “no” then adding something in.
- Is there a work initiative that you’ve been putting off because you aren’t positive it will be successful? Maybe it’s time to push forward in spite of the possibility of failure.
Here’s the thing, some of the children who sat down on the piano bench last night played their pieces perfectly, but most of them hit at least a few wrong notes. There were a few who stopped right in the middle of a hard spot and started the line over. That’s probably the worst thing that can happen to you when you’re playing. Even when the worst thing happened, none of them quit. And you know what? The audience didn’t jeer. Instead, they were silently cheering them on because when people are brave, we root for them. The bravest people among us are the ones we celebrate the most.
Here at Mineral, we’re going to be celebrating moments of bravery all throughout this holiday season and right on into the new year. May your 2018 be filled with plenty of reasons to celebrate!
See you in the new year!
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