I just (about 10 minutes ago) responded to by email to my good pal, Renee, about something that really gets under my skin. She was writing to try to get me to let myself off the hook about slacking - she's great like that. That set me to ruminating about the subject of letting stuff slide. I'm the kind of person that doesn't easily let stuff slide. I'm a driven and ambitious person, and as such, I give myself little slack-room. If you're like me, then I'm sure you'll understand. In my job, I have the priviledged opportunity to meet ALL KINDS of different people. And in that capacity, I have to be able to extend ALL KINDS of slack (grace) to people; mainly because they're not me. And that's cool, that's kinda easy, actually. The music business is filled with musicians and business people who are... well, we're just like that, catch my drift? And my students teach me about patience and perseverence. That's a form of letting it slide. I see them struggle and stuggle, then one day they can do the thing they had trouble doing. But that's a lesson that's tough for me to re-learn. I mean, I know the point and the importance of letting it slide and giving yourself some grace. What's frustrating is having to keep learning the thing, man. I mean, come on! I think it was Carl Jung who said "You can't step into the same river twice." What he was talking about is that every situation is different, therefore it may look the same, but it's different content. But, man-oh-man, it sure FEELS like the same old crap, doesn't it? I mean, it's still cold, it's still wet, it's still deep. Learning to let myself slide is a river I keep crossing. It's tough like that. So, that's that, I guess. I'll just add that to the list of things I have to keep working on. I'll leave you with these sage words by Wild Cherry: "...And they were dancing and singing and movin' to the groovin', and that's when it hit me - somebody turned around and shouted, 'Play that funky music white boy.'" Dig. (snapping fingers)

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