The challenge of One
The end of the school year brings such a busy time. There are concerts to perform, graduations to attend, students to grade, plans for the summer to make and parties to attend. At the same time, the beautiful spring weather calls me outside. It is challenging to focus on one thing at a time which seems upside down to me.

Set your own schedule
I have written in previous posts about Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy of one lesson, one concept and how this radically changed my practice as a new teacher. In her book, Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg writes about how she advises the women she works with to set their own schedule. Your employer will always pile on the work, but you are entitled to time at home with your family, recreation and rest. This is powerful advice coming from such a successful executive.

My One today
Perfectionism is not my friend. There are only so many hours in a day. Life is short and I don’t want to miss out on fun activities with friends and family. I tell myself that the work will all get done. For me today, it’s about visiting old friends in Massachusetts and making sure the programs are printed for my students’ spring recital. 

Violinist Linda Beers is the creator of the Inspiration for Violinists, a 50 card deck. Each card has a unique image and text inspiring musicianship, mindfulness and spirituality.

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