As students, we step into process by choice (wether we're aware of that or not at the beginning.) Regardless of what we want the product to be or when we want that product to come into fruition, we are in process.
To me, the juiciest part of process is curiosity. Curiosity has an element of care-free exploration and questioning that I have only learned to love from years of trying to learn things the hard way.
Using an "open hand" to hold our process-encounters gives our learning room to breathe. While closing our hands with great expectations strangles the life from what we desire from the process. This doesn't mean we shouldn't have great expectations, but even those should have room to breathe to morph and change and grow to be larger than we initially imagined.
Metaphorically we can actually hear the difference between this tension-free mentality and vice grip mentality through our cello bow holds. I encourage you to experiment with this metaphor in your cello practicing this week or if you're not a cellist...
What else in your life needs room to breathe before it can grow?