Many years ago my husband and I purchased a piano, and I have never regretted it. This is one item in the house that gets used over and over and over, and has probably gained value, not lost it.
Sometimes (like now), when a recital is looming on the near horizon, it is used SO much my husband almost goes insane (a ‘good’ insane; it is nice when recitals are done and we can move on to new songs though).
Music is powerful. The deepest emotions I have ever felt have been because of music. In the words of Berthold Auerbach: Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Good music cleanses and makes our spirits shine.
Life is like a piano (and like a box of chocolates, if you remember Forest Gump). You get out of it what you put into it. I have heard awful discord come from my beautiful grand, and I have heard amazing melodies and harmony as well.
The piano is not at fault for what notes come out of it…just like life isn’t at fault for how we each develop. Just as one must study and practice on the piano, one must also study and practice at life. Whiners don’t become proficient pianists…neither do they win at life.
Those who put forth the effort to study and play correctly will bring forth beauty. Those who play falsely will exude ugliness. When I began piano lessons as a child, I wanted to play the masterpieces. I hated the simple songs like This is Up. This is Down. But it is through the simple things (the simple kindnesses, smiles and sacrifices in life) that great things are brought to pass.
It wasn’t until I was an adult that I learned how important the REST was in music. As Truman Fisher says: The pause is as important as the note. It is that way in life too. We must PAUSE…and rest occasionally for that spiritual break, that communion with God…to give life and energy to our life’s melody. When we do, then beautiful harmony results.
I will leave you now with this amazing piano masterpiece from Jarrod Radnich to enjoy (make sure you watch till the end–that’s my FAVORITE part). May it inspire you to make the most of your own life and SHINE!