Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Students in the New Year

You know what's really great about the new year? New students!

The beginning of a new year provides a point in time to "begin again". Out with the old and in with the new! It's a time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. Many folks hold with the tradition of making resolutions for self-improvement in the coming year, e.g. quit smoking, exercise more, lose weight, take a trip, start a new hobby. The surge of new students in the new year must be related to this phenomenon.

I admire folks for setting up the structure that will allow them to realize their dream of playing the hammered dulcimer. It takes effort:

  • Set aside time and money
  • Rent or purchase an instrument
  • Schedule lessons
  • Attend lessons
  • Put yourself on the spot in front of your teacher
  • Practice
  • Return for feedback and more direction
  • Practice some more
  • Take note of new skills and satisfaction in life

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to learn something totally new or to delve more deeply into what you're already passionately pursuing. What are you doing in your dreams? Do what it takes to make it real!

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