Today I spent time playing music with one of my favorite students.
She is in college, preparing for her first big recital, where she will play the Bach Cello Suite 1 Prelude.
She is already an established rock musician, barely 22 and has already toured the world, and yet she was nervous about playing a classical piece “live” in front of me; her teacher.
I watched as she turned shyly, moved her bass away from me and finally, turned until her back was towards me and her face was barely visible.
I smiled to myself, letting her have her space, refusing to chide her as I usually do when I find my students becoming shy with me… I sat quietly… waiting for her to play, and then listened as the most beautiful music echoed out into the room and stopped everyone within the immediate vicinity, in awe of what they were there to witness.
Each of us, paused and listened, stunned by her brilliance, her talent, her shy yet lovely way in which she held her head down, as if a tiny bird, and played.
I felt my heart swell with pride, this music… so inspirational… this moment… where we all stood together in time.. in awe of this young person.
I looked at each of the faces around the room, each smiling… eyes fixed…. amazed and inspired by her talent.
I thank God each day, that I have people like this in my life.
People who stand out as shining beacons during times of pain and hardship.
If I had been in despair today… I would have never been able to hold it… or wallow in self-pity.
She inspired the best in all of us by sharing one of her many gifts that God gave her to present to the world.
When I find myself struggling, I must remember that God brings me gifts each day, and it is up to me to be aware of these moments and thankful for the joy they bring to me.
“Dear God, thank you for surrounding me with friends and family that inspire me to rise to my highest self. Through these joyous moments we share, you remind me that there is light even on my darkest day, gifts too beautiful to ignore.”
And of course, you are certainly an amazing teacher. I hope you give yourself some credit because your student’s ability to shine is because of your nurturing guidance.