A “new disease.” That’s the term vocal students in my college attached to a particular, and distressing, affliction we all suffered at one time or another. It happened whenever one of our voice teachers added a new technique to the already-long list of “Things to Think About While Singing.” It seemed that concentrating on posture, support, breath control, placement, pitch, duration, dynamics, phrasing, tempo and oh yes — the words to sing — was not enough. It also became necessary to regulate emotion. Too much and we risked ruining the pitch. Too little and we came across as automatons — brilliant but lifeless.
I know a writer who signed contracts for 13 books in one year and another who sold 11. Of course, these writers didn’t write all those books in a year. No. With no promise of reward and despite rejection, each of them trudged through years of effort to produce one manuscript after another. As a result, the reward for their diligence arrived in multiples.
Whether you aspire to publication or not, the principle is the same.
Where are you going in life? Do you know? Many people head down a road of someone else’s choosing. They never stop and wonder if they’re going the right way. They engage in reactive (rather than proactive) living. Any hopes and dreams they once cherished lie buried in unmarked graves behind them.
If you’re just starting out, don’t let this be you. If I’ve described your life…
A certain person whose identity will remain concealed in the mists of anonymity complained to me repeatedly that he had no time to read. When I noticed he had no difficulty finding time to watch television, sometimes for hours on end, I mentioned this as gently as possible. To his credit, he took my point. His television is cold and dark more often now, and he reads on a regular basis.
Too often we tell ourselves what we can’t do.