|Weekly Reflections on Life and Music|
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
This week’s quote from last summer’s Trumpet Workshop owes its existence to a 2005 commencement address by Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. In the first story in the address he talks about the journey of life (our theme this month) as connecting dots. But, he points out,
You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.We can only see our path of dots looking backward! The resulting summary quote, then, from last summer:
✓ Therefore make good dotsI made some good dots musically this past year.
- I met Doc!
- A dot of inspiration and humility
- I attended the Big Band and Trumpet Workshops at Shell Lake for the third year.
- Dots of learning and staying open to growth.
- I have practiced every single day since March 24 (and only missed 7 days before that this year.)
- Dots of discipline and commitment.
- I am now regularly hitting an E above the staff in my daily routine and almost getting F.
- Dots of patience and improving skill
- I volunteered at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival as a “room host”
- Dots of seeing the great future of jazz music and instruction.
- I took several lessons and spent time with some amazing musicians
- Dots of accepting my need for outside input and support.
- I have learned how to relax while playing a performance.
- Dots of acceptance of Self Two doing its work.
- I published my book, The Tuning Slide, of the first two years of this blog.
- Dots of sharing what I have learned so others, too, may learn.
- I continue this weekly blog!
- Again, dots of discipline and commitment,
• InspirationIn short it has been a good, and growing year. As I am continually amazed, even old dogs can learn a lot of new tricks! Thanks to all of you who have helped make it the year it was!
• Learning and openness to growing
• Discipline and commitment
• Volunteering and sharing
What dots did you make last year? How do they connect? How do they lead to your future? See you next week in 2018!
Happy New Year!