I just found this quote and had to share:
“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”
This is how I spend my days, folks. Convincing my students, children and adults, that there are, indeed, treasures inside of them. Remember though, that when you go mining for jewels, there is work involved! Last I looked outside, diamonds, rubies and sapphires don’t just fall out of the sky. You dig, you find, you chip away at the sediment that covers the stone…..then you notice, wow, that’s a ruby! And then you polish or you cut the stone to your liking. Everything is a process. And just with anything that is valuable, you want to treat your stone- your gift- with care, with kindness, with patience.
As I was writing this, a quote from my dear teacher, Shirlee Emmons came to mind…..I read it in one of her books, “Power Performance for Singers” – co-written by Alma Thomas.
“I have an unshakeable belief in myself and my ability.”
I said this to myself when it was an outright lie. And I’ve continued to say it to myself, now that it is true. In my opinion, everyone should feel this way about themselves. Why? Because if you’re intent on achieving your goals, you best believe in yourself! Again, had I waited around for the legions of fans to assemble around me throwing roses at the mere thought of me transitioning from being a pianist to a soprano before I got started on the path to becoming a singer……….HA! One of my biggest lessons in life has been to learn to be true to myself, believe in myself. And I have watched myself accomplish my goals, one by one. And I’m still working on some!
One last thing. As far as I’m concerned, there is no sense in competing against anyone. Why? Because none of us are alike. We are all unique expressions. We are all different and we bring a myriad of qualities to the table. You’re competitive? Get off on that? Great! Compete– but as far as I’m concerned, compete against who you were yesterday. If you’re a performer, compete against your last performance. What can you do better? What new risks can you take? How can you be more accurate to the composer’s intent? How can you be more sensitive to the music? How can your instrument sound even better? Seek to mold yourself into your own personal highest work of art.
Do something radical. Just be yourself!