Julie Lyles Carr: Monday Musings...Trying for Trying's Sake

Monday, February 16, 2009

Monday Musings...Trying for Trying's Sake

The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done.
Allard Lowenstein

Do you ever occasionally look at one of your children and wonder where the heck they could have come from, seeing as how they operate on a different plane than you do?

Meet 2 of 8.

She's who I want to be when I grow up.

Pursuing dance the way she does, with her dedication, her discipline, she continues to sprinkle little shiny specks of wisdom glitter on the surface of my life.

She has already made the decision to attend a particular ballet intensive camp this summer. The paperwork is turned in, the process underway.

But she is continuing to audition for other ballet intensives, knowing that scheduling will most likely impede her ability to attend these other intensives.

So what is the point in continuing to audition, you ask? I asked the same question.

But according to 2 of 8, the opportunity to practice and stretch and overcome nervousness and to be willing to perform for the joy of the dance regardless of the outcome and to experience the developmental critique on the part of her examiners will all serve to increase the level of her dance.


Because I don't know about you, but if I've nailed down an opportunity, I don't like putting myself out there for more tweaking and nerves and heart palpitations.

But then, I'm not as mature as 2 of 8. Even though I birthed her.

I guess wisdom and maturity require that you put yourself in the position to grow and learn. Which 2 of 8 is willing to do. Even when she doesn't have to.

And regardless of the level of dance she achieves, I do know this. Her spirit is graceful and beautiful and flexible. And her spirit can dance.

Are you willing to push yourself beyond, just to reach a higher level of excellence? Are there areas in your life you wish you had been willing to do that? Or is there something knocking on your heart's door right now that you know would be scary and wonderful and challenging and maturing? Write your own post on this topic and put the url of that post and your name in the Mister Linky's box below or share with a comment. Stretch a little!

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