I often write about the importance of being present. In the moment. Not stuck in the past or worried about the future.
But there is such a thing as being too present. Too in the moment. Especially where emotions are concerned.
When things don't go well, it's easy to feel like it's the end of the world. It's a big reason people quit piano (and many other things) all the time.
If a student has a bad month, they may want to quit.
But in that moment, the student will have forgotten about all the great work that was accomplished over the past two years.
Or what could be in the years ahead with some perseverance or maybe a slight change of direction.
And so the student stops because of the heat of the moment. If their parents let them, of course.
So when things get tense, or they're not going well, remember this.
Take some time to remember the victories of the past. And the possibilities of the future.
And take some time to think before making big decisions in the heat of the moment.
Or, like the decisions made during a night of heavy drinking, there's a chance you'll regret them tomorrow.