Sweet P is playing the piano and it isn’t good.
She’s learning a new song. And, it’s tough going. New notes and rhythms to practice. But she keeps going. Partly because I threatened her. But mostly now, because she’s sucked in, curious, trying to figure it out.
She keeps going, note after wrong note, then again, then the right note, then again. Little by little, but with each little quarter note, she is putting together an entire song. I can hear pieces of it now. The tempo and tones coming together.
This is how it goes for us at work or parenting or healing or loving. This is how it goes in life.
We play a lot of wrong notes. It doesn’t sound pretty or even look good a lot of days. We don’t always notice how all these missed notes are taking us closer to the right ones.
But if we keep showing up and keep practicing one note at a time with humor and determination and commitment we will get better at it and our song will be heard.
Little by little. Baby steps.
But, by making the most of each moments – the little moments and memories in between the birthdays and graduations and first cars and weddings and funerals – we can string together an amazing life.
Life isn’t about accomplishing The Goal, ten years from now. It’s about living well now, taking baby steps toward and making this moment as good as it can be.
Practices & Reminders
There are reminders, practices, ideas that can help us uplift the little moments and transform our experience. Over the next few weeks – give or take – I’ll be offering some of them here on these pages.
I call them Power Ups. Some I write about in Imperfect Spirituality: Extraordinary Enlightenment for Ordinary People, others are new things that I’ve tried or learned. Tips, backed by research, that I use to keep me moving and positive and engaged even when I feel like whining or crying and complaining.
Power Ups aren’t always about feeling good every moment. They are about becoming aware of what it is you are feeling and engaging fully with whatever life tosses out.
Perhaps you’ll find value in them too.
If you are feeling tired, slow, lazy, bored, worried – if you are feeling anything other than good — your actions and beliefs are not aligned with your authentic self. Bad feelings are a clue that what we are doing and thinking is separate from what we value. Life becomes easier and more comfortable when our actions align with what we value. When we live authentically.
Today, notice your emotions. Notice what you are giving your attention to, then make sure some of your time and energy is going toward what you value most.