What I’m Thankful For This Year

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We’ve had a successful year of piano playing thus far, with lots of challenges and laughter. We’ve met for private lessons, group lessons and week-long workshops. We’ve had special events where we’ve performed and enjoyed the fruits of our sustained effort and determination. We’ve met for studio socials and enjoyed connecting and getting to know each other better. And as always, we are looking forward to our much anticipated Holiday Workshop, which is the first full week of December.

There is much going on at this time of the year. Today is the first day I’ve taken the opportunity to stop and reflect on the past Fall season. It didn’t take me long to conclude what I cherish most – the people I love and my personal health. I am particularly grateful to my students for being supportive and patient with me after a difficult season of illness. Bronchitis and the Flu came to pass, along with the removal of a potentially cancerous lesion in my right breast. 

All in all, the experience left me with a renewed sense of gratitude for the good people in my life and my overall health. It also inspired me to do the things I’ve always wanted to do and “not wait” until later. I’m going to do them now, as much as I can. Because life is a gift whose end is uncertain. In the words of Paulo Coelho, “One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” Know that I have the same wish for you – people who will love and support you in the good times and bad. And the opportunity to immerse yourself in what brings you joy. Always. 

Happy Thanksgiving,