Embracing the Wrong Notes

There are days when I play music and it seems to roll out of me effortlessly.  I am in a place where I am 'one' with my instrument.  There are days where I can listen to an inspiring song and I feel as if I could single-handedly move a mountain!  

There are other days, however, when the music coming out of me or the music coming into my ears feels like a bent wheel on a bike.  I just can't get any momentum and it's just not working.

It's on those less than ideal days, that I have to remind myself about what's really important.  The journey of the notes I play may not always be pleasing to my ears or to the ears of others, but it is just that.  It's my journey.  I am challenged the most when I am forced to accept the sour notes for what they are.  I can not let them get me down.  I can not let them paralyze me.  

I always tell my students to move past their mistakes.  Just keep playing.  A mistake is only temporary.  Don't worry about them.  Worry about what you are going to do about them.

The same thing needs to happen in life.  Embrace the wrong notes and keep on playing!  It will make you stronger and ultimately better in the end.

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Heather Stenner

Heather Stenner has a passion for life! Her passions play out with music and children of all ages. Heather grew up in the Midwest and realized the importance of each day from a very young age. Her mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor when Heather was only 5. The doctors gave her mother 6 months to live. It was during the next 15 years that Heather developed her charismatic and joyful course for her own life! Her mother showed her strength and courage and an intense compassion for others and their suffering. Her mother passed away when Heather was 20 years old. Heather vowed she would continue to live each day as if it were her last. To treat people with compassion and believe in the love we all share for one another. At the age of 37, she became an orphan. Her father passed away from pancreatic cancer. Through it all, Heather realized that MUSIC was one of her coping mechanisms to deal with all the stress that cancer brought into their families lives. She vowed to share her love of music with children, so that it might also be a positive force in their lives! To this day, Heather creates music that has soul and passion. She hopes everyone will remember with the dawning of each day; we are all musical. Feel it in your soul. Keep it to yourself... or give it away.