Hello, Beauties! “You want my hands to do what?” That was my response to my piano teacher last week as she explained what I needed to master by our next meeting. It seemed impossible.
But I watched her demonstrate.
My hands just don’t work that way.
Show me again . . .
You want my hands to do what?
Don’t laugh when I tell you the task. It’s hard!
Except, 10-year-olds master it every day.
But I’m not 10. I’m 52 and my brain freaked out when she suggested I play two-octave scales with both hands AT THE SAME TIME and then doing it BACKWARDS.
One of the things I’ve discovered while learning piano is my mind gets in the way of what my body can do.
My mind understands the exercise intellectually and wants to move on to the next concept. But my fingers need repetition. Lots and lots of repetition. The movements need to become so practiced that they happen faster than my mind can give the commands.
It seemed impossible 7 days ago, today I can do it.
Watching yourself grow right before your very eyes.
It makes me fall a little more in love with my magnificent body.
I have this giant goal of playing Amazing Grace in a recital for my friends on March 31st.
I need this skill to achieve that goal so . . .
I keep practicing.
Here’s your double dollop of JOY
the SAME tools are true for weight loss.
Every time I eat whole foods (that I love) instead of crap (that I love a little less each day), I know I’m growing right in front of my own eyes.
What if it’s ok that you still need more practice?
What if you skip freaking out or messing up and choose to see it all as practice?
Every iteration grows your “taking great care of you” muscle.
That girl has a magnificent life. She loves watching herself learn new things.
So here’s my invitation to you this week:
Be patient with yourself.
You’re trying really hard. I see your effort.
I SEE YOU!
Find some joy before the day is done. I’m headed to practice piano.
Love you my Voluptuous Beauties!
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