"If something is worth doing, it's worth doing poorly."
"What? Doesn't the saying go: "If something is worth doing, it's worth doing well?"
Of course, if it's worth doing, it's worth doing "well" - but what if doing "poorly" is the best you can do? Is it still worth doing? It certainly is! Otherwise you wouldn't have given it your best effort in the first place.
What does doing "well" mean, anyway? Does it mean playing the cello like Yo-Yo Ma? The violin like Karen Briggs? The piano like Arthur Rubinstein? The trumpet like Louis Armstrong?
Or - Does doing "well" mean: doing "whole-heartedly - with focus, commitment and Love" - regardless of how it stacks up in comparison to anything or anyone?
When you practice your instrument, do it wholeheartedly. Forget about whether or not you think you "have talent" compared to this one or that one. Don't allow comparisons to discourage you.
If you are reading this because you have a friend or child who plays an instrument, but you do not - I urge you to take one up. You can buy a quality plastic alto recorder - a real instrument with a beautiful tone - for less than $20. And don't worry if you play "poorly," at first. It's guaranteed that you will play "poorly" for awhile. That's the case with everyone. Just practice with heart and with Love, and you will have discovered a life-long joy. If you are a parent, your foray into music will help you help your child and help your child help you. If you are a senior - you'll be hard pressed to find an endeavor that matches the many benefits of playing a musical instrument. It's never too late to start.
(I will read comments if you send them to me, and I will try to post comments that I feel are helpful and encouraging to all those who play or would like to play a musical instrument.)