I began learning classical guitar about a year ago. A far cry from my drum kit, the classical guitar requires MAJOR "set up" before playing. My toms and snare I could tune in about 3 minutes. The 6 strings of a classical guitar, however, are a different story. Just when I think I've got them tuned up, I play a little warm up song and - EEWWWW! The sound is unbearable!
Like the pre-flight checklist (or "walk around") when flying a plane, missing or rushing through the tuning of a classical guitar before playing can have dire consequences! (Granted, you likely won't die from an out-of-tune etude, but...)
As I pondered the similarities of these two "preparatory" exercises this evening, it occurred to me that rather than seeing them as a chore, I might learn to savor both. Tuning my guitar is an opportunity to prepare myself for the musical interlude ahead, get myself in the right frame of mine, re-aquaint myself with the neck, the curves of the body...
So, also, is the pre-flight check an opportunity to develop a relationship with the aircraft. Rather than be bored or frustrated with the delay of having to look over and feel every wing flap, aileron and rudder, and taking a fuel sample to make sure some schmuck hasn't filled the tank with consommee, I can learn to see this as an opportunity to get to know the vessel that will soon carry me high above the land and sea to freedom in the sky. I can enjoy each curve, appreciate each perfectly tuned mechanism that enables the miracle of flight from such a one as me.
I pray that I am able to carry this zen-like attitude with me into my next pre-flight walk around!