The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives
Louise Hay

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InspirEmail No 135 - June 2, 2008
'Inspirational messages to refresh the spirit and boost the emotional bank account'

Keep Playing

Wishing to encourage her young son's progress on the piano, a mother took her boy to a Paderewski concert. After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her.

Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door marked 'NO ADMITTANCE'. When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was missing.

Suddenly the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star'. At that moment the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy's ear, 'Don't quit - keep playing.'

Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in the bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child and he added a running obbligato. Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. And the audience was mesmerised.

What ever our situation in life and history, however outrageous, however desperate, whatever dry spell of the spirit, whatever dark night of the soul. Someone or something is whispering deep within our beings, 'Don't quit - keep playing.' You are not alone and together we will transform the broken patterns into a masterwork of my creative art. Together, we will mesmerise the world with our song of peace.

Author Unknown

With thanks to Sister Geraldine for sharing this story

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Thoughts on Living with Excellence

Skill to do comes of doing. Do the thing and you will be given the power.

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or find it not. What you are comes to you.

Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good. Set down nothing that will not help somebody.

Put your trust in ideas and not in circumstances. Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely.

To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.

Unless you do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will not grow. We aim above the mark to hit the mark.

Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A man is relieved and happy when he has put his heart into his work and done his best
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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