"Look at life through someone else's eyes, and see their perspective"
Today I took part in an amateur music festival - different 'classes' of music perform and are judged and given points etc. I was with the adult 'ensemble' recorder 'class'.
We played one piece - that we've rehearsed, of course. And which I have rehearsed over and over at home.
I was surprisingly nervous, lost concentration and came in a bar too early at one point. I recovered myself, but I was mortified and felt myself blushing. It felt SO terrible to let the group down like that. I have NEVER made that error before - it must have been nerves. But dammit - I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me!
However, when the adjudicator gave his feedback to the ensembles, we got 86 points, and the winning group got 87 points. He didn't mention my slip-up at all. And I'm sure he would not have missed it!
All I could do was say "sorry" to my fellow musicians........... I felt so bad.
However, what it showed me was that in the grand scheme of things, my small error was not the huge mistake I perceived it to be. From the adjudicator's point of view, there were so many other aspects of our performance to consider, that one note played at the wrong time wasn't even worth mentioning. Perhaps, also, he was being kind by not mentioning it - and not picking one person's mistake out from the group's performance. He was looking at the musical accomplishments - shape, tone, unity, timing, shade and interpretation, the 'mood' it evoked.
Perhaps my mis-placed 'toot' was only a millisecond long and it didn't matter.