15 | Three Reasons Why I Love the Piano: Helping You to Rekindle Your ‘Why’

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I am going to share with you just some of what I love about the piano today on Toward Creativity! And hopefully this helps you to continue to discover your ‘why’.

Let’s get into today’s episode.

Welcome to Toward Creativity, a podcast by Benjamin Harding, that’s me! You can find me on Instagram @bhardingmusic and on my website: www.benjaminharding.net.

Toward Creativity is a podcast where I explore the inspiring world of creativity. In participating in this learning journey, I hope to also serve as a guide in conversations centered around tips, tools and strategies towards building a sustainable creative careers.

Sometimes you just need to get back to basics. As a creative, you need to get back to looking at why you began your creative journey, am I right? Even last night, while driving my oldest son to an event, I said, “I should just quit the piano.” He consoled me in the moment but I feel like this often. I think you might be thinking the same thing too in your creative work from time to time.

And are you also hearing the messages in entrepreneurship. So many folks in the entrepreneurship world say, “Pivot; Try this or that.”

I mean that’s one of the reasons why I have been changing the content and presentation of this podcast… OY! But, we are back to the main reason, and that is to help you as a creative to be inspired, encouraged and to give you the tools, tips and strategies to help you build a sustainable career. In this podcast, I am revisiting the core of the “why”.

Your “why” is so much more important than pivoting to meet the moving targets of the market.

Your “why” guides through the storms of emotions and thinking that often crash in when the going gets tough. For me, I have never been a prodigy, never or ever will be a genius. I just fell in love with the piano and desire to share music in the global community.

So maybe this episode will help you to get to your “why”.

By the way - this episode isn’t created in a vacuum. It is presented in the context of incredible pain worldwide especially for the country and people of Afghanistan and the earthquake that just crushed the country of Haiti.

We need to understand our “why” as individuals in our own personal journey. With your “why”, I am assuming that it is for the benefit of others - love of neighbor. And, if we focus our “why” for the benefit of society we can make the world a better place.

I quote the great American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein: “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before."

Sometimes we feel so helpless with the suffering in the world. But, I know that if my “why” is figured out and I pursue that - I can benefit my life, my family's lives, and my community which includes the globe. We can do what we can in our own part of the world and life.

And storms come. My personal friends know that in my personal journey in playing the piano I have had massive calamity and storms. They come and we need to anchor into why. Through therapy, I am finally able to jump into the piano afresh like I did as a teenager.

Reason One

Expressing Complex Thoughts and Emotions

Reason Two

Relationships and Community

Reason Three

Piano is a Path to Learn about Life

Thank you for joining me today on the Toward Creativity Podcast.

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