This morning I was visiting Molly at Somewhat Refined and reading her list of quotes. I'm a weak one for a good quote, especially one that doesn't sound like someone has worked hard trying to say something quotable.
Some of my orchestra rehearsals are in the bandroom at Small Town's middle school (hey, we're a small town orchestra). This room is easily accessible and is fully-stocked with percussion. My friend J is the band teacher at this school, and she has lined the walls with quotes for her students to ponder when they sit for band. There are several that read, "NO WHINING," which is always good for a kid to remember, especially the kid who talks through his nose. There is a quote from Yoda about not trying but doing. "There is no trying." There are also a few quotes about the purpose of music in our lives and some on brain activity. "It's OK to be smart."
My favorite quote is from Maya Angelou: Creativity cannot be used up. The more you use it, the more you have.
My friend refers to this quote on occasion when she talks to me about my level of creativity, and she thinks of me when she sees it on her wall. So, now I think of it as my little poster. When I sit for rehearsals, I always remember to look up at it, and I grin to myself. This poster and this quote serve as a reminder to not let a tiring spell or a crappy day drain us of our innate need to create and the ability that often sits dormant but is there just the same.