Carving Out Time to Practice

As Winter wanes and Spring unfolds, I am experiencing a time squeeze on my daily fiddle practice. Gone are the Winter days when I was confined to the house because of cold weather, snow and ice with plenty of time for practice. With longer days and warmer temperatures, our seasonal home business is demanding more of my time, and there are so many outdoor Spring chores to get done. Before I know it, Summer will be in full swing, and time will be at a premium for anything but trying to keep up with our business demands, tending flower and vegetable gardens and keeping our property from growing into a jungle. I need to figure out how to assure I carve out time each day to practice.

Now, I am an early riser, getting up each day at 3:00am. It is “my time”…quiet and contemplative with no disturbances. This would be a perfect time to practice, but I don’t think others who are still asleep would appreciate it, so this time is spent doing quiet things like catching up on the news, doing business paperwork, checking in on my favorite websites, and creating content for my two websites. In fact, it is just a bit after 4:00 am as I write this post.

Once daylight begins to arrive, I will be off and running, scurrying to get all the chores and work done that are required of this day. They are necessities; my fiddle practice seems like a luxury. If I am lucky, I will finish early and be able to enjoy this luxury without being so tired that I miss my practice or have an unfocused, unfruitful session. Like most of today’s senior adults raised by parents who were products of the depression, WW II, and subsequent quest to realize the American Dream, I am programmed to put work before pleasure. This ingrained attitude can be very frustrating when it comes to taking time for my fiddle practice.

Now, if you are experiencing similar, and are reading this post looking for the answer, I don’t have one…just yet. But, I am working on it, and writing about it helps me to consolidate it in my mind, kind of a first step in solving this quandary. Somehow, I need change my view that my fiddle practice is a luxury and begin to look at it as another necessity, a necessity for fostering my spirit, mood, regeneration and contentment. How do I do that? When I figure it out, I’ll let you know, and it won’t be the old Nike motto, “Just Do It”. No, this is going to take a more creative approach.

In the meantime, if you have achieved this goal or are well on your way, practicing each day amidst all the flurry of your daily schedule with its responsibilities and commitments, I welcome your insights and feedback. Thanks!

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