WHYYYY!!!…

Today’s practice went much like the previous practice. There was quite a bit of frustration as he messed up over and over again. “Why can’t I get this right!” he said.

But, we all know, as I said in an earlier post, this is a process that has to run its course. New equipment may also need to be part of this process. We’ll see…

His love and passion for music along with his quest for perfection are the driving forces that keep him practicing. So, I think he will stick with it.

However, I have to constantly remind him that all great accomplishments take time to be cultivated and to grow into what they are meant to be.

Meaning, before this guy can go on to conquer his quest for perfection, he must go through the frustrations of trial and error as he practices, just like everyone else who has ever become great at their art or craft.

I think he is so very talented because I watched him from the very beginning teaching himself to play. No music teacher, just himself and whatever learning tools he found.

He love for music extends beyond the piano, but we’ll focus on this for now.

I’ll keep you posted and hopefully will soon be able to post a session that he approves of.

Thank you for watching and sharing in these moments!

Musical Practice Woes…

Piano Practice – Post #2

A day of hopeful progress, but I think this little guy was somewhat anxious today. This is a work in progress.
So, I’m really excited to see how much better he will become!”

***Check Out The Video Below***

Even though this wasn’t a great practice session, I decided to share it with you anyway.

This one expresses the true meaning of practice with all its ups and downs when learning an art form. Perhaps his next session will be more satisfying to him.

Check out the sustain pedal below, He uses with his keyboard.

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Thank you for watching!!!

A Gift from God…

A peaceful state of mind is so important. Just add a love for music and that’s exactly what you get!

*MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL – IT CAN BRING PEACE EVEN TO A LITTLE BALL OF FIRE*


This little guy in the photo above (taken 3 years ago) began teaching himself to play music as he is not very receptive to formal lessons.


HERE’S A BRIEF PRACTICE SESSIONS BELOW – PRESS PLAY

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He taught himself the art of playing drums, got bored, then guitar, got bored, and most recently piano.

Although, I think piano is where he’ll stay. He’s definitely not the traditional student because he prefers to learn mostly by ear and studies various other ways that interest him.

He is not yet seasoned in his ability to play, so he has a bit of a road to travel before he becomes fluent in the art of music, but he has a natural talent, true love, and passion for it that most of us can only dream of, so he’ll get there eventually.

He is that guy who seems to explode with this never ending energy, but when he sits down to play it becomes all about the music.

I love watching him transform to this serene state when he begins to practice the piano.

I remember bringing home my guitar after having a few lessons of my own. I showed this little guy what I had learned and he took over from there.

I didn’t know it at the time, but I had just cultivated the seed of music that God had already planted in his spirit.

I believe his love for music was preordained by God because it was never forced and I never had to tell him to practice. That’s when you know it’s from God.

I’ve already watched him go from knowing absolutely nothing about music to where he is now, so I’m really excited about where he will go from here.

Together, we can watch his progress as he develops and gets better over time while he continues on this journey.

I hope you enjoyed his little practice session…

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I Am Thankful….

I was reflecting on all the things that have happened in the world recently.

So, I began feeling like everyone else is probably feeling, “Make It Stop!!!”

Then, I realized it could always be worse.  I decided to take a different approach in my thought process and be thankful.

I am Thankful for:

Jesus Christ who died for me that I may live

God’s favor

My life and health

My family and friends

My church family

Brothers and sisters in Christ

A clean and safe place to call home

The tough times that make me stronger

The freedom and opportunity to write on this blog

The readers who take the time to read my blog

I pray that things do get better in our world very soon and that everyone can go back to their normal lives, but this time with great appreciation.

We should treat our lives and freedoms with care and be thankful for them everyday.

Just something I was thinking about…

Coronavirus Go Away!…

I am sitting here wondering how all this happened.  Was it an accident or was it deliberate?

Some people are freaking out, while others are not batting an eye.

I see the price gougers, the fraudsters, the anxiety driven, the skeptics, the schemers, the conspiracy theorists, the realists, the liars, the opportunists, the hypocrites, and everything in between.

I found myself in this very well known store that will discard a great employee for little to no reason no matter how loyal they are, one strike you’re out, yet keep a useless one for what seems to a customer to be a major problem.

Office politics was never my strong suit.  In fact, I despise it.  Those who play office politics should be forced to be on the receiving end just for a day.  So they can reflect on their own losses rather than someone else’s.

So you say we must wear masks in your store for protection and we must stand 6 feet apart from our fellow shopper.  I believe the virus is real and can be extremely dangerous to a lot of people, but all these rules of conformity are a bunch of tactics designed to get more control than they deserve.  There are too many double standards.

One particular reason I say this is because your employee who is assigned to do her part and keep the checkout areas clear of possible “viral” contamination from previous customers, actually fails miserably at this simple task because she’s too busy chatting while others stand and wait for her to get off her lazy behind and do her job.

So, she says, with a smile, “It’s ok, you can go ahead”, knowing good and well she has not done her job sanitizing the area.  Does management appear to be concerned about this?  Absolutely NOT.  At least not from where I was looking.

So lets just say for argument’s sake that your last customer does in fact have the virus and you sent an unsuspecting customer there thinking the coast is clear.  Shame on you!

How dare you demand that I follow the rules when you yourself as a reputable establishment won’t demand that your employees follow the most important ones.

Double standards are so excessive in this world we live in because people will stand and watch to make sure you do what is expected of you, but when its their turn, it’s as if they forget about their moral responsibility.

In my opinion, a lot of this is just some sick twisted attempt at control anyway that appears to be designed to line the pockets of those in positions of power.  Meanwhile, those of us who are just trying to keep it together in this society are falling victim of this struggle for power between the selfish and the greedy.

I pray that God will calm the storm in this situation and make the great deceivers who work for the enemy to just stop and let us be normal again.

Normal is a relative term, so whatever your definition of normal was before this all started, I’d like for us to go back to that place and maybe with some moral improvements.  At least, I’d like to have the people without fear from all the exaggerated rumors.

Who must we believe!

I scratch my head on this question because we may never know the whole truth,  But, I do know that God always reveals the truth and it may not be in our time but it will definitely be at the right time.

A wise man told me just today that fear and faith cannot go hand in hand.   In other words, how can you say you have faith if you are living in fear.

Now, I am in no way saying that one should not take precautions or be concerned, so lets be smart about it.  You don’t go blindly in harms way if it’s right there in front of you, but the desperate anticipation and fear of what may never happen is exhausting!

You must keep one and get rid of the other or you will bring forth unnecessary worry and problems in your life.  Ask me. Once upon a time fear and worry were my best friends! But then I found faith in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ .

Just something to think about…

COVID19…

When I think of Covid19, I dont think of a virus.  Instead, I think of deception from those we depend on for knowledge and understanding.

Every which way I turn I hear so many different stories.  I don’t know what is truth and what is fiction.

Many people of this world have their own agendas for spreading their version of the truth.  Some even knowingly spread untruths for the mere sake of creating uproars in our society.

Then you have the followers who give these monsters power over them.  They’ll listen to anyone who makes the story interesting and can keep up the most chaos.

While oblivion is not a good place to be, I wish we lived in a society where our people would not be so easily influenced by just any old thing that is put before them.

I think a happy medium between oblivion and utter pandemic would be a nice compromise.

When I think of a young child who is introduced to a food item for the first time and doesn’t think twice before he devours it, it reminds me of some of the people in our society who are doing that very thing with the information that is put before them.

Then, you  have the finicky child who picks and chooses what he will and will not ingest.  No matter how much you try to persuade that child to eat this food, he just refuses to eat it.  That child has the intelligence to choose what he is willing to accept.

We as a society should be more like the finicky child and know what we should take at face value and refuse to hear the rest so we can avoid letting ourselves become blinded by things that may be misguiding us into this dark place that is fast developing all around us.

If someone says “I want you to drink this poison”, will you drink it? I think you would be greatly opposed to doing so.  Well, in my opinion, poisonous information is no different because it can be just as deadly as that poisonous drink if we don’t compartmentalize the information we receive and throw out the bad stuff with the trash.

I don’t know what to believe anymore but I am currently not allowing myself to become obsessed or overwhelmed with grief and fear over what is or is not happening in our society.

I see people panicking and running rampant over the first bit of information they receive and its sad to see the people of our society being so self destructive and turning against each other.

We were taught in kindergarten that if our clothes ever caught on fire, we were to stop drop and roll to put out the fire because if we ran the fire would just get bigger and bigger until if devours us.

This is what is happening in our society, people are running with rumors without assessing what they are receiving, ultimately being devoured by the chaos.

I think our society should stop and think about what we are doing before reacting and compounding the emotional fires of this world.  It saddens me what is happening.

We should drop all the nonsense and stop creating unnecessary chaos, and roll with the punches by doing the best we can to help each other rather than hurting each other because at the end of the day we are all God’s children and we are all negatively impacted by all this destruction.

Whether directly or indirectly we all pay the price eventually.  Sadly, our children will probably pay the biggest price in the long run because of the way we are influencing them.

Just something to think about…

Heartfelt Interview…

I just watched a tear-jerking interview with Lisa Nichols.

The only thing missing is that I didn’t hear her give praise to God during the interview.  I don’t know her faith, so I cannot say whether or not she believes and leans on our Father.

What I do believe, however, is that God is using her to touch hearts, make people realize their self-worth, and enabling people to change their lives positively.

I was so moved by this interview and I hope you will be, too.

Blessings to you all and, please, go find your God-given purpose in life.

James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

Just something to think about…

 

 

Motivation continued…

As I go through my life’s daily challenges, I continue to seek motivation for myself and my family.  So, I have taken an interest in this speaker, Les Brown.

Here is another video that I found to be very enlightening.  I hope it will be helpful to you, as well.

I will share more of his motivational teachings as I come across them.

Some things he touches on may seem repetitive, but perhaps that’s what it takes to make it sink into our minds and our spirits for the benefit of bringing us out of whatever doubts, struggles, or negative thoughts that manifest from the challenges we experience in our daily lives, big or small.

When you feel like you’re at your lowest point is when you need to focus the most!

If Les Brown or any others before him can find God’s calling on their lives, so can you.

If you already know your calling but it has not yet manifested itself, keep working hard and you will get there.

Continue to keep God as the head of your life and stay focused.

Just something to think about…

Motivation Is Vital …

Motivation is a vital resource because without it, you become stagnant and let life pass you by without any real growth.

I recently ran across this motivational speaker during one of my moments of doubt.  Over time I stopped praying due to my busy schedule with school and all because I was simply too wiped out to bond with God.  At least, that’s what I believed.

So, it was no accident that I came across this video because it was exactly what I needed during that moment, and still is.

I imagine that most of you have already heard of Les Brown.  He has been a motivational speaker for more than 30 years.

God is the head of my life and I believe he allowed this to be put before me to help bring me out of my moment of weakness and self doubt.

Please take a moment to listen.

After I stepped back from my usual committed relationship with God, I started feeling a certain kind of way.  It’s hard to describe, but I’m sure you can relate.

Shortly after feeling out of sorts, I began to start praying about my life again because I needed to fill that void.

I had been allowing that essence of hopelessness to cloud my mind but quickly decided that I wasn’t having any of that.

When I started to pray again, one of my prayers was for our Father God to help me get back on track because I felt stuck.  This is when I stumbled across his video.

I quickly figured out that it was simply the feeling that I was at a standstill in my progress toward my goals because I had chosen to take a break from school.

I had my plans but when the reality that I was spreading myself too thin set in, I had to step back for a minute and re-evaluate my situation.  I had to regain my composure and adjust my plan of action.

Being in school had become so familiar to me, so it felt strange not to be in attendance. Still does. I thought “What do I do now?”

Well, I need to take advantage of this time and simply rest my mind and body while I can because I will have to go back sooner than later if I am to complete my goals.

I intend to have a fresh mind and hopefully a fresh body by then.  That is, if I take this time to do what is required of me, which is to rest when I am not working!

In the meantime, I will continue to pray that I am on the right path that God intended for me.

If you are in a place similar to mine and need some motivation, I hope this video will light the fire within you and give you that second wind to keep going.  May God Be With You Always!

Just something to think about.

Monster of my dreams…

Monster Of My Dreams

Imagine living a sheltered life,

A pretty cool childhood experience, right?

Feeling safe, loved, and protected by your father,

In my case, my stepdad who was my everything.

Seclusion from the ugly world around me,

Afforded me fairy tales of happiness to come.

I’d marry the man of my dreams,

He’d treat me like a princess,

Just like my father did.

This is every girl’s fairytale.

One day, you meet the man of your dreams.

You’re sixteen and you don’t know any better.

Oh, you think you do, but you don’t.

This man of your dreams,

Is really the monster of your dreams.

Not the kind that hides in your closet,

Or under your bed and comes out at night.

He’s the kind that hides,

In plain sight, In daylight.

Allowing you and your loved ones,

To only see that which he wants you to see,

That is, until he gets you all to himself,

Then, the true monster is revealed.

Imagine you being too afraid

To say anything to your parents

Finally, when you do,

The monster manipulates your family

Into believing he’s anything but a monster.

He lies to them and says,

Awww, she’s just being silly,

As he laughs ever so sweetly.

Meanwhile, behind closed doors,

You are faced with your reality,

This monster shows his ugly face.

He is far from sweet,

Certainly not your Prince Charming.

Your fairytale is bittersweet at best.

This story lasts for a little while until,

One day this girl decides to stop the cycle

Although, life’s consequences followed,

This girl dodged a bullet, so to speak.

Perhaps not a real bullet,

One never knows what a monster will do.

If you’re ever in the company of a monster,

Don’t be scared into staying and weighing your odds.

Remove yourself as quickly and as safely as possible

After all, a 6 foot 250lb monster,

Is probably afraid of his own inner monsters.

So he lashes out and causes harm,

To the one he is supposed to protect.

I never liked playing the odds,

Someone always has to lose,

It shouldn’t be you!

Just something to think about…