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.