I so often think about how playing the piano teaches us life skills and also can help us better understand what is going on in our lives from a different perspective.
Sometimes though, life teaches us about playing the piano and can help us conquer the many challenges that we encounter while learning how to play.
A couple of months ago, I cut off several pieces of a bush to try and root them – they are butterfly bushes and grow fairly easily once established; plus the butterflies and hummingbirds love them.
Every week I’ve watered and watched…but nothing happened. In fact, the sprigs that I dipped in rooting powder and planted have actually turned brown! It looked like they had died instead of rooting and shooting out some new green growth!
Frustrated, I decided to just pull one of them out of the pot, and low and behold, there were roots! I quickly replanted the twig and watered it again; hoping that it would continue to establish itself.
I didn’t realize that there was important work going on beneath the surface and it wasn’t time to see the new green growth yet. Even though I thought it was time – it wasn’t yet…there was more time needed.
What an important lesson for learning how to play the piano!
We tend to forget that it takes a certain amount of time and the right care before our work brings about the results that we want to see. The roots must grow strong enough to support all of the blooms.
Can you think of similar situations in your own piano work where you became frustrated because you weren’t seeing results fast enough and felt like giving up or pulling up the plant?
When we learn something new on the piano we have to allow the needed time for our muscles to learn how to move and for our brains/minds to process the new information. There’s a physical and mental process occurring simultaneously.
Practicing daily is similar to watering and fertilizing new seeds and cuttings in our garden. We just keep on until we finally see growth occur and then finally, a beautiful flower. We can’t give up just because we don’t physically see the work that’s going on.
Think of yourself as a pot of rich organic garden soil. Every time you learn something new on the piano, there are seeds being planted in you and the practicing you do each day helps to establish deep and strong roots.
Remember that just because you don’t see any blooms yet, that it doesn’t mean that nothing is happening! It just means that a lot of great work is going on underneath the surface and if you keep on with your daily work, you will see the results that you want to see!
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