Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Picky, picky, picky
My daughter is in a community children's choral group and recently, all four choirs in the group presented a concert together. On the program was music composed by their guest conductor, Jim Papoulis.
As usual, there were extra rehearsals. Many, many extra rehearsals. I could tell she was getting exhausted. After one particularly long weekend, however, she said to me, " Mom, I think you're going to really enjoy this concert."
"I always do."
"No, no. This one you will REALLY like. Mr. Papoulis is v-e-r-y picky."
Joy. The child understands the road to excellence is paved with pickiness. AND she can tell good enough is not good enough.
Go, pickiness! My mantra for revision today.
(Just to clarify that I think pickiness per se doesn't necessarily lead to excellence. I am sure you can think of many examples of unnecessary, compulsive pickiness that leads to nothing but hair-pulling.)
(And yes, I did enjoy the concert very much.)