A New Year, A New Perspective

I almost never make new years’ resolutions. I figure if I want to do something, just go ahead and do it when you see that it really needs doing.

But I do see the logic in it. The start of a new year is indeed a good time to take stock of where you are, much like the sage advise of changing your smoke detector batteries when you switch to/from daylight savings time. A time for everything, and January 1st is a good time to reflect on your goals and accomplishments, among other things.

Something I have been pondering the last few days is mediocrity. Like 99% of all people, I have to watch this one. I realize that if it weren’t for mediocrity, any of us would be well-known for whatever our passion in life is. Perhaps your passion is playing the banjo. Better still in my book is a passion for God, I would be amiss not to mention. But whatever it is, do you see how our mediocrity holds us back from learning it better? If we really desire something, we will always be thinking of it, fiddling with it, turning it over in our minds. And thereby we overcome all the obstacles we encounter and enjoy the progress we see happening.

Of course, we all can, and do, have several passions in our lives. Hopefully, your job is one of them, I suspect if you play a musical instrument or sing, then this is one of your passions. Your family, your spiritual life, keeping fit – remember in all these: keep mediocrity out and watch yourself prosper.

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About Phill Gibson

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Systems Engineer and part-time banjo and mandolin instructor. I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play Scruggs and melodic and am working on becoming more advanced with single string. I'm also working on 4-finger banjo, which is way off the beaten path. I would like to see more jazz techniques integrated into bluegrass situations; counterpoint, especially. So long-term, that's what I'm doing. I'm also very keen on astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, christian homeschooling, martial arts, organic gardening and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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