On Apr 16, 2017, at 8:19 PM, Vels inn Viggladi <[log in to unmask]> wrote:-- Manage your subscription at http://listserv.unl.eduGreetings Calontir,
A family of three came by my table Saturday to have a look at my entries. The young daughter was asked if she thought she could make something like the Sgabello that was displayed. The little girl emphatically responded, "No! I can't do that," which elicited a laugh from her mother from the exuberance of the denial.
I looked at the young lady and said, "You can do a chair like that. It'll take practice and a lot of work, but you can make a chair like that. It won't be today or tomorrow, but you can do it if you want."
That became something I wanted to scream across the hall by the end of the day. I believe that everyone in that room can do better than they individually think they are capable in their chosen field. There were a lot of entries that seemed to retread the same common themes. I do not intend that to belittle or denigrate anyone's labors or accomplishments, there was already a lot of learning and work evident from everyone who entered in the Championships and the Tri-Levels. But, I believe you can do better. I believe that you can choose something two or three steps beyond your comfort zone and execute it well. I believe that if you think talent is more valuable in success than practicing and learning to reach new levels, then you have accepted a comfortable untruth, and, if no one has told you before now: that's a lie you don't have to believe.
I would be ecstatic to see people take a look at what they think they can do and set a goal to go several steps beyond. You may fall short of that goal. But you practiced and learned to get there, more than you might have otherwise. I can't be the only one who would relish the chance to see everyone take two emphatic leaps forward in their Arts and Sciences. You can get there, the only one stopping you is you.
Seven years ago I was asked if I could make a Sgabello. Two years ago I had finally developed the skills to make one, though it took every bit of what I had learned to make it happen. In the last couple months I made a second one that is better than that first, and didn't seem such a daunting challenge.
So the man asks, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" and the local says, "Practice, man, practice."
Y'have a nice evening,
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