Are We There Yet

0
This article is part of a year-long series by Deborah Henson-Conant that explores the process, art, and craft of invention and reinventing yourself. There is only one installment left! Share your questions and comments about this article with her at powerharp.com.

This article is part of a year-long series by Deborah Henson-Conant that explores the process, art, and craft of invention and reinventing yourself. There is only one installment left! Share your questions and comments about this article with her at powerharp.com.

 On the path to reinvention, you may be what you discover.

How do you measure the success or failure of personal reinvention? Can you look at your accolades and put them on a scale compared to other people’s or your own past successes? Well, you could—we’re fully capable of doing amazing things and claiming failure because they didn’t live up to some imagined standard. But reinvention isn’t about becoming someone else, it is about becoming ourselves. Distillation. Deconstruction.

Feeling successful has everything to do with feeling and almost nothing to do with the objective success or failure of what we’re doing, because there is no such thing as objective success or failure.

It’s all about how you feel, how much of yourself you’re allowing yourself to express and whether or not your life feels like an adventure. If I’m happy I’m successful. If I’m miserable I’m unsuccessful. If I’m having fun, what I’m doing feels successful. If I’m struggling and miserable, I feel like a failure.

End of story.

But also beginning of story.

Thanks for visiting Harp Column! This content requires a current subscription.
Log In or Subscribe Now
Share.

About Author

Deborah Henson-Conant (DHC) is a Grammy-nominated composer/performer and mentor to harpists around the world. Her signature harp, the DHC-Light, was designed and named for her by Camac Harps. She composes works for solo harp, ensembles, and concerto settings, and she coaches harpists in creativity and business in her online courses.

Leave A Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.