My practice today was doing a cascading arrangement, and I did practice and practice. Not quite what I wanted, but I kept thinking about what pratice really is. It’s being willing to practice, even when you seem to be getting no where. One of the best books to read about pratice is Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment by George Leonard. Leonard is an Aikido instructor in Northern California who writes about the process of mastery(of any art form, sport or pursuit) and what it requires in pratice, understanding and pure perseverance. It’s a book I go back to often and read, especially when I feel like the work isn’t getting better, and I am reminded that we don’t grow by leaps and bounds but rather by small steps. One after another, one at a time.