There are times when I get discouraged with my crafty side. The side that wants to milk paint home furniture or write a mystery book. In my head, I can see the finished product in all its glory. What is in front of me is anything but glorious. I admit. I get disheartened about the creative process.
That was until I saw myself as learning the scales for my personal symphony.
Most of us have heard the odd, awkward notes of a child learning to play an instrument. The result of blowing too hard or hitting the wrong key isn’t exactly music to our ears. In fact the one thing the instrument is made to do, make music, couldn’t be further from what you eardrums are picking up.
During this learning period, the best way to cope with the high and low pitches coming from the other room is to remind yourself that they are learning a new skill. Eventually the daily practice sessions start paying off when the notes give way to what is almost recognizable as “Happy Birthday.”
With the right dedication, motivation and practice, anyone can learn to play any style of sound and any kind of instrument. The possibilities are endless and only takes a bit of passion and commitment.
Perhaps the lesson here is that every challenge has the potential to be like learning a new instrument. The key here is knowing that whatever you want to do — it may be awkward at first and far from the finished piece.
Richard J. Leider and David A. Shapiro, in their book called “Whistle While You Work,” state that “rather than trying to get it perfect the first time, do something every day to attend to your calling.” Rather than start off with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, start with scales. Lay the foundation to build your talents and your dreams.
It is our willingness to make the less than perfect sounds that help us become musicians of our own destiny.