‘DON’T QUIT, KEEP PLAYING’ By Mercy Karumba

Many a time in life, the temptation to quit is very high as we perceive this route as being far easier than to...


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Many a time in life, the temptation to quit is very high as we perceive this route as being far easier than to keep ploughing through to success. There are moments when quitting seems to be the easier option although often, this is really not the best decision to make.  So, the next time you feel stuck in a rut and frustrated, please remember this story that I am about to share with you all.

“When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that her child was missing. Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive grand piano on stage. To her horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy’s ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.” Then, leaning over, he reached down with his left hand, began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child, and he added a running obbligato. Together, the old master and the young innocent boy transformed what could have been a frightening situation into a wonderful creative experience. The audience was so mesmerized that they couldn’t recall what else the great master played, only the classic, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. “The show ended with a round of applause especially to the boy, and the mother couldn’t help but shed a tear.

Perhaps that is how it is with our lives. We may be timid and not ‘fit-looking’ for the grand-piano (a certain position, responsibility, acting role etc.), we may even have attained it unexpectedly, like the boy but there is that Master’s voice that keeps telling us “don’t quit, keep playing”. Will you listen to what you feel inside; that you are not fit for it, or will you obey the Master’s voice?

This is something I could say is also a big challenge for me. So many times, I have tried my hands at various things or have an opportunity to do so, but because I feel less fit, I end up giving up. It is time I keep listening to the voice, “Mercy don’t quit, and keep playing.” You never know, people may never remember anything else but how sweet it sounded with me ‘playing’.

So what choice will I make? Allow my ‘inferiority’ to rule and deny myself a chance to play on the grand piano with a live audience, or will I actually take a place on stage?  In this life, there is always an audience looking up to us and yes, it could get scary since in most cases, it doesn’t seem like you can actually make it. However, with a bit of encouragement as a whisper, it ends up as a wonderful experience that will end up with a round of applause and congratulations. That is my personal challenge to you, “DON’T QUIT, KEEP PLAYING. Click HERE to read more inspirational posts by Mercy 

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