Madeleine L’Engle on nurturing your guitar practice
Though I’m not blessed with children of my own, I worked with them for years. Some moments they’re pure joy. Other times… not so much. Guitar practice is similar in this respect.
When a relationship is fun and exciting, it’s easy. Those moments are golden. Effortless.
But eventually we feel friction. It may even feel futile. We don’t feel like showing up. It just seems hard or irritating. This may last for a few seconds, or it could last longer.
It’s these moments that require love. Love for ourselves and our larger commitments and desires. Love for music.
Our daily guitar practice is like a child. It’s a relationship. It’s something we nurture with our attention and time. That’s why it’s meaningful.
Love is a verb, not a noun. Love is what we do, even if we don’t feel like it, or it’s not convenient.
“Love isn’t how you feel, it’s what you do.”