The Wisdom Within Each Moment

New Lessons – The Talent Show

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It is said that we create our own reality. I know this to be true. Whatever we believe will be, is. I should have learned this when I was ten years old, but it took a while for it to sink in. I was always expected to perform in talent shows. I think my mother encouraged this because she had performed as a child. She sang and played the ukulele at church functions and probably for anyone who’d listen. She loved doing that. I, however was not so confident. But a couple of times a year, school or 4-H talent shows would roll around and I was expected to participate. When I was ten, I entered the school talent show. I chose to play a piano piece that was popular at the time – “Last Date” by Floyd Cramer. I practiced and practiced and got it down pretty well. Mother said I should memorize it because it would be more impressive that way. I tried. At home, I could play it all the way through, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to do that on stage. I pleaded with her to let me use my music. She would not give in. The night of the show, I was very nervous of course and tried one last time to convince her that I just could not do it without the music in front of me. I wouldn’t use it, I argued, just have it there in case. Still, she insisted that I could. I knew I couldn’t. I even took the music that night, hoping to slip it onstage without her knowledge, but being the proper stage mother, she was there to escort me on. There were a lot of people in the audience. I walked on that stage knowing that I would not get through the piece, but hoping Mother was right. It started pretty well but there came a point where my fingers just didn’t know what to do next. I froze. Embarrassed beyond belief, I ran off the stage in tears. I was very angry with my mother.  She shouldn’t have made me play it from memory when I knew I couldn’t do it. Funny though, all these years later, I can play the piece from memory today. I guess I really did have it memorized. I just believed I didn’t.

Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”



Author: Lessons: The Wisdom Within Each Moment

Teresa Sue McAdams’ articles have appeared in various newsletters, publications and blogs. Her book, “Lessons: The Wisdom Within Each Moment” was published in 2012. She teaches classes on meditation, spirituality and tai chi and has been an intuitive counselor for over thirty five years. Teresa’s undergraduate work was in journalism and psychology and she earned a doctorate in 2006. She has sought answers all of her life and sometimes sees them in every ordinary moment. Teresa lives across the river from Louisville, Kentucky with her husband, Ben and four cat friends, Thai, Lily, Melody and Oz.

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