Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Practice makes perfect

I loved this true story about how vital it is to practice. I used to think as a little girl that all my Mom did, was tell us the same thing over and over again. Then as a young Mom of four, I did the very same thing. I think that is true about many things in life, practice makes perfect, or at least better than it was.
Today I got to teach another Demo class at the Quilt Shop, it was great! I used to go in that same Quilt Shop years ago, and feel very intimidated by all the talented ladies in there. I still feel that way to some degree, but I have practiced and practiced for a few years, and I am now doing things that I never thought I could! So practice really does work. It also has inspired me to do better. Now when I meet these talented ladies, I am actually anxious to see their talents and learn from them. Yes, they inspire me, and so I felt blessed today to have the health and opportunity to teach, as well to learn! For that... I am very grateful!
Good night dear friends!

Practice Makes Perfect

A dramatic ballad singer studied under a strict teacher who insisted that he rehearse day after day, month after month the same passage from the same song, without being permitted to go any further. Finally, overwhelmed by frustration and despair, the young man ran off to find another profession. One night, stopping at an inn, he stumbled upon a recitation contest. Having nothing to lose, he entered the competition and, of course, sang the one passage that he knew so well. When he had finished, the sponsor of the contest highly praised his performance. Despite the student's embarrassed objections, the sponsor refused to believe that he had just heard a beginner perform. "Tell me," the sponsor said, "who is your instructor? He must be a great master." The student later became known as the great performer Koshiji.

"Practice is the best of all instructors"   ~ Publilius Syrus

"Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired"  ~ Martha Graham

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