“It’s amazing to realize that you can have a profound effect on yourself.”

Jeweler and singer Cherie Magnello said that to me about 20 years ago.  She was talking about a change she’d made in her own life.

It’s one of those moments that stuck on the spiderweb.  A truth I keep wanting to know deeper.

This morning I was watching the video I made for my first online course.  The course is about the structure of musical arrangement, but I’d  spent a good three or for minutes looking intently into the camera and talking about the importance of “Imperfect Completion.”

My intent was to encourage students to submit  homework even if it’s far from ‘perfect,’ because submitting it is an act of completion.  It completes a circuit, and the circuit opens them to feedback.  And that feedback is part of what helps them integrate the course ideas of into their own practice. Which is my goal.

I watched the video and I listened to what I was saying – and I was utterly convinced.  And instead of spending five more hours fixing the ‘imperfections’ in the video, I completed the circuit.  I put it on line, an imperfect completion, and sent them a link.

It’s amazing to realize you can have a profound affect on yourself.

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