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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Last night I watched the video my hubby took of Sugartime's birthday concert Sunday. There were things I was pleased about and things I wasn't happy about at all, in terms of my and our performance. I was more frightened than I'd been in a long time. For the last few months, performing at retirement communities, I've had no stage fright at all. Just enjoyed being up there singing and playing with the audience. This time, I felt as if my heart was going to leap right out of my chest, it was pounding so hard and so fast. For those of you who have tried singing, it is virtually impossible to sing the right notes if your heart is pounding - you can't breathe properly. One of my three solos was the second song on the program. It was awful. The other two were fine. As a group, we aren't together in our choreographed moves. And sometimes we don't sing quite together. But on balance, we come across really well. Our joy of singing and our love for each other comes through loud and clear.
So here's my random thought for the day. How important is it to be perfect? Or as perfect as we can be, since perfection really isn't possible. I think we strive for the best, but then we have to accept reality. I can't change the fact that when I'm nervous, my voice doesn't do what I want it to do. It goes off key. I hate that, but I can't change it. Does that mean I should give up singing in front of others? This is a rhetorical question--I know I must answer this for myself.
But how about you? Do you strive for perfection? How do you handle the reality of whatever it is?