A Scale for the New Year

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Fotolia_82299593_XS_thumb.jpgThe New Year. New beginnings, New ideas, goals, hopes and dreams. All exciting and energizing.

I love the wonderful possibilities that a new year presents. Each year I look forward to setting goals and putting in place systems that will help keep me on track to achieve them.

I’ve used complicated systems and I’ve used simple ones, but I have found over time that I stay on track best when I keep a simple set of guidelines in mind. These guidelines help me make good choices consistent with my goals, assuring me that at year’s end, I will have accomplished a lot of what I set out to do.

To help me remember them, I write them out like a musical scale, C to.C. I share them now with you, hoping that you will find them helpful with whatever wonderful things you want to achieve in 2016.


Cut the clutter. Get rid of the excess that clogs your space, your mind, your schedule. Consider new opportunities the same way. What will you have to give up to make room for them?


Develop. Make sure that you’re moving forward, not just running in place. Growth is essential. Learn, study, move ahead.


Experience. Try new ideas and approaches. Go to new places. Step outside your comfort zone. You won’t know if you don’t try.


Focus. If there is something you want to do, you can only achieve it through focus. Work toward your goal with intention, purpose and a plan.


Generosity. I believe the greatest good comes to us when we share ourselves with others: with colleagues, friends, family, neighbors.


Act. Plans give you direction, but plans don’t make things happen. Action is key. If you want it done, you must do it.


Believe. Whatever goal you set, you can achieve it. Perhaps not in the time frame you planned, or even in the exact way you imagined, but you can do it. And you must believe you can.


Connect. Don’t go it alone. The beauty of this world exists in the interdependence of all of us. Ask for help. Be a mentor. Make music with and for others. Be a friend.


Make this a great year!


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  • rob stone

    Hi Anne: This summer 2016 will be the 5th year of my studying the harp with you after taking a “break” for 30 years! Since I had only taken lessons for one year during that previous time, I still consider myself an adult beginner. But I do own my harp now as opposed to renting one. During this time, I have attended recitals, some organized through the AHS, read many articles, attended lectures, watched numerous harp performances on YouTube, etc. As the new year begins, there is so much to be thankful for. There are so many resources for students, professionals, that didn’t exist thirty years ago. Things to do, places to go, people to see, new ways of communication & organization. Choices of instruments, easier to find, new & used, many at very reasonable prices. New harps being built are probably better than ever with modern techniques. A person studying the harp can’t help to be inspired, by all the other persons throughout the world, young & older, performing at a variety of venues, bringing to light older compositions, new ones, transcriptions, etc. I’m confident, that a harpist today, whether young or old, can take advantage of the many resources available and eventually be able to carve out a niche for themselves, if they work diligently! To those people, sitting on the fence, my advice is to get involved, the Delaware Valley is a great location for interest in the harp and you will be rewarded by great music and equally fine people!


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