Reflections

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In this age of 24-hour-news and social media, it is far too easy to be blown off course by the latest “revelation.” Corporations sell us pills for every occasion on the evening news. Gurus write books describing “relationship cures,” “steps to happiness,” and shortcuts to success. Despite these efforts, it appears that we are no more successful, happy, or fulfilled than previous generations.

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Pianist Stephen Hough is one of the most successful performers of our time. He wrote a brief reflection describing how, at the beginning of his career, he was pressed between needing to learn much new music and the cost of this endeavor on his physical and emotional life. He states that “I would only really find joy in my music if I was not expecting the music itself to provide me with joy. If I could stand back from it then I could see it in perspective, a partner in rather than a provider of…