The Quotidian, November 12, 2010 ~ Making Mistakes

“It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something.” ~ Ornette Coleman (March 9, 1930)

Ornette Coleman is an award-winning American Jazzman, saxophonist, and composer. According to Wikipedia, “he was one of the major innovators of the Free Jazz movement of the 1960s.” Ornette Coleman remains a performer with latest  performance citation in 2009!

[Sources: Quotation from my friend James Bertolino. Date and biographical information from Wikipedia, accessed November 11, 2010.]

We can’t reach perfection; we are allowed to make mistakes, especially if we learn from those mistakes. After we make a mistake, it is important to acknowledge it and then move on.

We can work toward mastery of our chosen work. I am reminded of this by masters such as Jazzman Ornette Coleman and Poet James Bertolino. 

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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2 Responses to The Quotidian, November 12, 2010 ~ Making Mistakes

  1. I found out that I could make mistakes a long time ago… but I get it. 🙂

    Write on!

  2. LOL YOU make MISTAKES?!!

    Thanks Carolyn. Press on with your writing! Best, Andy

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