Simply Take as Much as You Require

Happy New Year!

As we usher in the new year, I stop to think about all that has happened in the past year. I am grateful for all the triumphs and struggles I have experienced. With each passing year, I am learning to see how precious life is and no matter how I feel about this crazy world, much grace shown to me.

I am thankful!

So let’s ring in the new year!

My hope for 2013 as a teacher, mom, and wife is to

1. lead with my ears,

2. follow kindness with my words,

3. and not react immediately.

Listening is probably the most important musical skill I teach each day. I would love to listen to those in my care with purpose. I need to do this!

Kind words can abate sticky situations and bring life to even the young. I want to practice kindness!

Not reacting immediately will be the hardest, for sure. I want my anger to straggle along….ever slowly. I want to live a grace-filled life!

I will leave you with a musical (really, life) thought from Edward Elgar:

“My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us;

the world is full of it,

and you simply take as much as you require.”

Take time to listen to the music around you. Let the music move you. Share the good and help those around you. Best wishes for 2013!


Start the New Year!