It's an American holiday, but it's still a sentiment worth celebrating the world 'round: gratitude. Quite simply, to live in a state of gratitude is to live in a state of happiness, to see your cup as half full and not half-empty. To count your blessings is to feed your happiness. So I'll start my list of blessings, and you are welcome to continue it, right here or just for yourself!
I'm grateful for:
This community of supportive people at Violinist.com, who feed each other's love of music with their knowledge, their playing, their enthusiasm and their diverse perspectives.
My loving, supportive, and patient husband, Robert, who also makes my (and many of your!) ideas for Violinist.com become reality with his techno-wiz skills!
My noisy, creative, exuberant children, who surprise me at every turn.
My students, past and present, whose progress is a joy for me to witness; and their parents and all the support they lend to that effort.
My own teachers and mentors, whose artistry has inspired me and whose patient attention has helped me grow toward the light.
The great artists of our day, who give over so much of their lives to the perfection of this art, who take risks, who get past themselves to bring so much to us all.
The Orchestra, every orchestra: its supporters, its audience, the people who administer it, the music it upholds, the conductor who holds so much together, the family of musicians.
My friends and relatives, flung all over the world, yet so close in my heart.
Fall leaves, rain storms, first snow, Chestnut soup, vanilla lattes, long walks, long talks, and of course: music, music, music.
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