"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly


Staying on the path

I ran into a wall this week.

Someone-- whom I'd considered a good friend--tried to push me to see the world through her wellmeaning but negative lens.

It took courage and considerable stamina for me to clearly assess what was happening, reflect upon it, and remain upon what is, for me, the right path.

To, in the beautiful language of Langston Hughes, "hold fast to dreams".

All of which made me think about my students...about how powerful our words can be, how much the development of their potential abilities can be nurtured (or not) by the views of all of us who have an impact on their lives.

Ladybird Johnson:"Children have a tendency to live up to what you believe of them".

Just thinking, today, about how vital it is to retain buoyancy of spirit and steady strength in ourselves, especially if part of the purpose of our lives is to help ourselves, and others on the path, to reach for dreams.

Choosing to respond to reality, to rise to challenges through steady hard work and nurturing inner strength---requires being willing to grow, to stretch, to push beyond hindrances out into a reality which includes our dreams. The 'hero's journey', as Joseph Campbell puts it.

As I see it, in that way--we can all choose to be heroes. And to stay on the path.

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