Some gifts are not necessarily all that enjoyable when they are first encountered. Maybe they need time to stew a bit.
Take this for example….My loving and kind parents gave me the gift of piano lessons. I usually did not like to practice. For eight long years, I endured practicing every day and yearly, horrifying recitals that made my knees shake so violently I had trouble focusing on the music in front of my nose. (Rambling sentence, I know!) And please, whatever you do, do NOT make me memorize it. You’ve been there, right?
So was the gift really the piano lessons? I think the gifts were these:
MUSIC APPRECIATION, CREATIVE INSPIRATION, COURAGE, PERSEVERANCE, HUMILITY
Today, I am thankful for the gift of piano lessons! For while I rarely sit down and play, I am always inspired by music. For while I rarely sit down and play, I have the courage to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. For while I rarely sit down and play, I have a stubborn perseverance to polish the product…whatever the new “product” happens to be. And lastly, even after I’ve polished the “product”, my mistakes cry out to me that I am still a work in process.
Thank you, Mom & Dad, for making me take piano lessons!!
No…that is not my actual piano! 🙂