By Pam Asberry
A couple of weeks ago I submitted an application to join a group on a classical music tour of England as their “travel scholar.” The finalists were announced on Saturday; sadly, I didn’t make the cut. But I gave it my best shot. And if I hadn’t tried, I would have always wondered, “What if?”
Because the truth is that most of the time, when my heart is in the right place and I ask with good intention, the answer is “yes.” For example, way back in 2005, I subscribed to another piano teacher’s newsletter and read her interview with Oregon-based pianist and composer David Nevue. I learned that he enjoys working with piano students, occasionally doing hands-on interpretive workshops with them. Since he lives so far away it seemed like a long-shot, but I decided to ask him if he might like to come to the Atlanta area sometime and hear some of my wonderful students perform his music. To my surprise and delight, he was open to the possibility. We quickly laid the groundwork, and made plans for him to travel to Atlanta. That September, he did an afternoon workshop for a group of my students, and an evening concert at PianoWorks in Duluth, Georgia. Both were very successful. Since then, he has been back numerous times, even bringing other artists, including the legendary David Lanz, with him. Many lives have been enriched by these events, and they all started with one simple question.
Now for my big news. About two and a half years ago, I published a list of 100 things I wanted in a a man. On December first, I met someone who is all those things and more. Well, he isn’t much of a cook, but he loves taking me out to eat. And I don’t think he particularly enjoys yard work, but he is happy to pay someone else to do it. Close enough! On February seventh, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes.
Is there something your heart desires but you are afraid to ask? I say go for it! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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