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the reward


In life, some people chase dreams. In life, some people give up on their dreams. I’m now reaping the benefits of not giving up on a dream. All my life I wanted to learn to play piano. As many of you know, now that I’m in retirement, I bought a used piano and began taking lessons mid August. I practice every single day and often sit down to play multiple times a day. This morning, first thing I did even before my shower or getting dressed: I went to the piano. I played.

“The end is not the reward; the path you take, the emotions that course through you as you grasp life — that is the reward.” –Jamie Magee, Embody

Amaryllis by ©Diane M Schuller

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” –Coco Chanel


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Sherry Smyth - December 6, 2013 - 9:56 am

I’m smiling. Inside and out. First of all, I love this shot of your piano! Secondly and most importantly, I am so glad that you followed a dream you’ve had and are seeing it come to fruition. If that isn’t inspiring me today – nothing will! xo

Jessie - December 6, 2013 - 6:43 pm

As my grandpa would say – “Good on you!”

And when Grandpa says that, you know you’ve really done something special!

Sherry Galey - December 6, 2013 - 8:25 pm

I totally get that rewards quote — and get how much following your dream is giving to your life. I have recently started following a few too — and that has made all the difference! Your images always have a serene quality that stops me in my tracks. Very inspiring.

lisa - December 7, 2013 - 6:10 pm

You make me smile, my friend, and you are truly an inspiration!

Gabriele - December 8, 2013 - 5:46 am

It is wonderful to have a practice that brings satisfaction and joy. Hurray for you.