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Memories can be beautiful. They can also be a source of security.

The opposite is also true. Memories can be daunting. They can remind people they’re not secure.

Let’s concentrate on the positives today. Beautiful memories. Rich, life-giving, healthy, and encouraging reminders of past good times.

When I wrote last Wednesday’s blog about the benefits of being music smart, I was reminded of how rich my music background has made me. Looking back, it’s a source of security and belonging. It was back then, too, when I lived what have become rich reminders of a blessed heritage.

Maybe the memories are a unique reason to develop kids’ musical abilities. Music won’t just help to meet needs when they’re young, but will serve them well when they’re adults looking back.

I began piano lessons when a first grader. My brother had been playing and taking lessons and I couldn’t wait for it to be my turn. I loved making music. It felt powerful and it sounded beautiful to me. I also loved the attention from my parents as they listened to me practice and encouraged me. Recitals were special.

  • There was security, identity, belonging, purpose, and competence in my piano playing. Can you see it all?

Viola lessons followed in fourth grade. Being a part of the orchestra in elementary school, junior high, high school, and college was rich. I enjoyed the challenge, teamwork, and community. Serving as the orchestra librarian in junior high might be the very thing that awakened my interest in volunteering. Is it why I’m aware of how important it is for establishing kids’ purpose? God wastes nothing.

  • More security, identity, belonging, purpose, and competence.

Beginning in 8th grade and continuing into high school and college, I joined the band, too, where I played the keyboard and rhythm instruments of the percussion section. I twirled a flag as a part of the flag corps of the marching band in high school and college.

  • More connections and competencies that facilitated security, belonging, and purpose. And, my security, identity, and belonging served my purpose and competence. That’s how it works.

Thinking about trips with orchestras and bands makes me quickly smile. Rather than school feeling large to me, it felt and was smaller because of the deep connections formed.

  • Competence rests on the other core needs and also strengthens them all.

While reading, have you looked back and discovered something in your past that helped you live a healthy life in relation to these needs? Great! Is it still serving you today? That’s great, too.

Is music something you can add to your children’s lives? To yours? Or, in what other ways can you strengthen all five core needs through one or two activities and interests? Look to do that. You’ll create power today and beneficial memories for the days ahead.