Today I figured out why it's important to do my Weekly Wishes project. I mean, beyond the wishing "...I could play like such-and-such". As I've mentioned several times, I'm constantly arguing with myself about whether I should be putting time into my own whimsical project, when time is at a premium and there are so many other things begging to be done. So today's revelation makes me a mite less conflicted than before, always a welcome sensation to this Gemini.
I imagine it must be really lovely to be a naturally cheerful, positive person. I wouldn't know. I've learned from experience how destructive pessimism can be, and how nothing worthwhile gets done without a constant stream of "I think I can, I think I can". The pastor at my church gig uses the example of two wolves - which wolf wins the fight, the good one or the bad? The one you feed. I have to fight every single day to keep from pouring a bag of premium feed into the big bad wolf's trough (wait, do wolves eat out of troughs??!).
My point is, I realized today that my Weekly Wishes project is my reminder to feed the good wolf. It has indeed been a busy week, but when I threw up my hands the other night and decided to give a teeny part of my week to working thru my Dr. John book/CD - just because I like that style of music and because studying music is what I do with my life - the good wolf won. I haven't had much time to put into it, but I've been having fun with the Texas boogie (started memorizing it and trying it in other keys today), and just reading/listening through the rest of the book.
To satisfy the Voice of Reason: I'm a lot more motivated to practice when I have a just-for-fun thing on the practice list. And making time for one important thing helps me remember to try to make time for other important things, like friends and working out.
Oh, and sleep.