It’s time for the FMF weekly writing prompt blog link-up. Writers across the world get together, set a timer for 5 minutes and write to the prompt.
This week’s writing prompt from Kate is : PRACTICE
Perfect practice makes perfect. Practice just makes permanent.
This is a phrase that has been with me for years. I think it is form Madelyn Hunter who is an educational guru.
Practice is how we cultivate skill. Practice the journey that is meant to be enjoyed.
I have a writing practice.
I have a running practice.
I have a reflection practice for teaching, learning, and coaching.
But practice takes time.
I played and practiced the violin everyday from 6th grade to 12th grade, which is a lot of hours.
After so much practice, there is a wonderful moment when you breakthrough to the next level. Then you know the practice has done its job! It is an amazing feeling.
I often think of the 10,000 hour rule that is credited to Malcom Gladwell. It is that many hours to become good at something. New skills taking honing, attention, and intention.
All my children practice for their sports. Practice does not need to be boring. I usually don’t think that it is, but I know this is not always the popular opinion. Practice also doesn’t have to be drills. In fact, my youngest plays games at soccer practice but doesn’t know it helps him become a better player.
I have to remember to enjoy the practice, to enjoy the journey because sometimes practice is the next right step.