It's a cunning trick our Resistance uses against us. When we compare ourselves to the masters, of course, our level seems to be way too low. Of course, the masters seem to be unreachable, so we are all set - we can stop practicing, we shouldn't even try.
A better way to use this comparison is not as intimidation but as inspiration: "Somebody else has tried and failed, tried and failed until they succeeded, so I have a chance, too."
You may not be good enough to play very advanced music splendidly today but you are definitely good enough to be generous, persistent, and create art that matters to the people around you.
"I'm not good enough YET."
Big difference, isn't it?
[Thanks to Serena for inspiration]
Allein Gott in der Hoh' sei Ehr, var. 1-4 (p. 5) by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621), the Great Orpheus of Amsterdam, also called Maker of German Organists (Deutsche Organistenmacher).
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