Today I am thankful for...
Tonight I worked with some of the Young Women in my ward, teaching them a song that they will sing at a Relief Society Christmas program in a month or so, and I just thought to myself, "I am so grateful that music exists." Music binds us to each other in so many ways. It can be inspirational, thought-provoking, tear-jerkingly beautiful, and just plain fun (usually not all at once, but hey ... it could happen some day).
I was so blessed to grow up in a musical home, with parents who encouraged and taught me, and siblings who provided examples to me of what music and talents I wanted to pursue and develop. I had so many wonderful opportunities to improve myself, and while practice was never my strong suit (especially when i had to do so in the mornings before school), my love for music never deteriorated.
Music has not just provided me with a way to express myself; it has also brought me connections and associations that I never otherwise would have had. I came into contact with so many close friends throughout the years because of the music we shared. Ties to friends that I met in other circumstances were made stronger because of music.
So many more thoughts about how music has blessed my life are coming into my head, but listing all of them would make for far too long a post, and I'm trying to keep these relatively short. Suffice it to say that I am grateful that Heavenly Father blessed me with music and gave me the capabilities to share it and possibly serve others with it.
"If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the history of music . . . and of aviation." -Tom Stoppard