You can Teach an Old Dog new Tricks

You can teach an old dog new tricks, but only if they are motivated to learn

Musing of the day: You can teach an old dog new tricks, but only if he is motivated to learn.

Many professional musicians continue their careers way into their 70s and 80s. Those who do well are the ones who realize that as they mature, their voice changes. And so, they arrange their musical score of ‘old hits’ to fit their new range. One such person is Elton John. His voice is still recognizable and effective, with no strain to his vocal cords or to my ears. He learned to embrace the lower notes in his vocal register.

I wince when I hear singers try to reach notes their vocal cords are no longer able to handle, just to please their audience or to prove to themselves or others that they still got what it takes.

As we mature in our walk with Christ or even as we are physically maturing, there are things that we can still do well but we may need to do them differently. For example, the patience we once had with ourselves and others may be wearing a little thin. We might have lost some of the resiliency to bounce back but we can learn ways to adapt.

Remain humble by fighting off the following lie. We can’t learn from the younger generation, what do they know about real-life. Shake off the tendency to not want to experiment and reach out for help as you find new ways of doing things.

I’m finding that the ability to adapt or to even consider that we need to adapt to our present circumstances or our role in our communities is key if we want our message to be delivered in a way that is pleasing to the ears of our audience, whoever they might be.

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