In the waning years of the 20th century I began working for a tech company from my home – a truly bizarre concept at the time, but something I’ve done ever since. I purchased a nice desk with matching credenza and hanging file cabinet to fit into the “home office” I located in our basement.
After two decades of service – during which it helped me work for a handful of great companies and even moved houses once – I decided it was time to move on to a new office environment, so the old desk set had to go. Fortunately, we found a great home for it and it will now help a young teacher prepare for the special-needs students she works with at a local high school.
The desk was large enough to require it be disassembled in order to move. While one of the drawers was getting removed, a guy reached back and found a piece of paper that had been stuck behind the drawers. It was surreal for me, in that I remember having this message handily stored in one of the drawers many years ago but it had been a long time since I last saw it. Despite its lengthy period of hibernation within the dark confines of my desk, it has emerged into the light as relevant as ever. I thought I’d share it with you here:
This powerful message requires no additional commentary, so I’ll simply encourage you to recommit yourself to playing the one string you have, and playing it beautifully.
P.S. If you’re intrigued by the woman with the violin I used as the featured image of this post, go here to hear her play. #attitude