My son, Snowman, gave me a book for Christmas, How Can We Keep From Singing: Music and the Passionate Life, and it has been wonderful. Joan Oliver Goldsmith is a freelance writer and an enthusiastic amateur singer, one who is well-trained and thoughtful about music and her own life.
I want to share something that touched me from the final chapter, in which she writes about learning a piece of music that stretches all her limits:
Life’s sacred assignments constitute a customized curriculum–structured and designed for each individual…
I want to know my course assignment now. The simple act of naming it forces me to notice what’s happening in my life. It also gives me a learner’s perspective: Of course I’m not good at this yet–that’s why it’s been assigned to me.
I have friends who would say the spiritual curriculum is the will of an intentional, personal God. I have friends who would say you create the curriculum with your own energy. I’m not driven to assign causality. But I do believe the evidence of my eyes and my years. The spiritual curriculum is real.
Since I’m in a place just like that, I appreciated the way she put it.