Sunday, March 6, 2011

Magical Moment 395, "Limits, Everyone Has Them"

I recently played the piano for an event. The man who hired me asked me to learn a particular song and he searched through an enormous box of sheet music trying to find a copy for me. He pulled it out and glanced at the title. 
"Hmmm, I can't remember if this is the right one," he said uncertainly. He handed it to me and asked, "Could you just hum that for me so I can tell if this is it?" I took the sheet of music and focused on the first line, a confusing mixture of 16th notes, scales, and crazy rhythms that would take me an hour to figure out on the piano. "No." I said, bluntly. He looked a little surprised by my answer, but I only shrugged. 

I've been thinking about limits lately. Everyone has them. I've always been one to preach that you should stretch your limits, go outside your comfort zone, do things you never thought you would ever try. I still believe those things, now more than ever, but there is a difference between those kinds of ambitions and goals, and one's personal or emotional limits. There are times when I just have to say "nope." It's just one thing too much for me. 

And I learned that today from my little nephew. Sleepy, cranky, and overwhelmed, little Zach tried to get through lunch at McDonalds. And when his mom asked him to sit down and eat his chicken nuggets, his answer was clear. 
"Nope. It's one thing too much right now." 
I guess sometimes you do have to make yourself a priority, take a step back, and realize your personal limits. After all, "Better bend, than break." (Carl W. Buechner)

"Learn to limit yourself; to content yourself with some definite work; dare to be what you are and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not; and to believe in your own individuality." -Henri Frederic

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Linda said...

What a little cutie Zach is. He just has that "enough is enough" look, doesn't he? And where are the shoes? It's cold outside. :)

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Linda, I think they were in the play area where shoes are off. Doesn't look like he wants to play though. :)

ds said...

Never argue with a child who knows how to say "enough." Good for him. And he's adorable!

Rick said...

Funny (sad ?) how we're trained over time to ignore limits in all areas to the point where we also ignore the ones which can keep us from harm. Good lesson you passed on through your post - it behooves us to know when to say no !

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Ds, thanks. He IS the cutest thing, isn't he? :)

Rick, it's a hard lesson to learn, that's for sure. One that I still have to re-learn all the time. :)