The Thing Is…

There is always one of those, right? When we’re trying to reach a goal, when we’re trying to talk to love ones and they can’t or refuse to understand… There is always some qualifying thing and that qualifying thing (some point being made by one or the other) stops progress. It’s usually that “thing” we need to let go of in order to move on to a better and more successful place.

Some years ago when I first became a teacher of piano, I had a student who whenever I gave her something more challenging than she wanted to learn, would give me one of those “the thing is…” type statements. It was either “Well, I have too much homework to practice this piece this week; or it would be “I have a sore finger and I can’t play….” or it was “I’m not sure this piece is a good idea.” At last I’d had enough of her many issues; and that said, I knew she received little structure in her life at home. She truly wanted to be able to play piano well, do well in school, have lots of friends; but she