It just occured to me, I have posted over 700 times to this blog since I began in March of 2006. That's a lotta postin' man!
This weekend, our brass group and choir at church is combining with the brass and choir at a neighboring parish to play at their Mass together. The following week, we'll all play at our Mass. Well, our Church was built in the 1950's, and doesn't really look like the historic, Gothic style Catholic Churches of this area. It's really nice for sure, but it doesn't fit the German Gothic style that all these area churches were constructed in, back in the 1800's. Their church however was the main church in this area back in the mid-late 1800's when the German Catholics settled this part of Ohio. They've got two huge steeples, a monstrous nave and sanctuary with the stained glass windows and all the Gothic/ornate trimmings in and outside the building. It's really an amazing place. We play in their organ/choir loft up in the back of the church, way up high. Their pipe organ is monstrous and sounds amazing. So, this weekend is a real treat for a trombone guy like me. The sound in there is incredible... so much echo and reverb... it's way kool, lol!
Tonight is my first "Business After Hours" Chamber get together as Director. The last Director didn't do these but once a year around the Holidays. So, the membership has been really excited to discover that I think these sorts of get togethers are important for people to have a chance to kick back and do some net working. So, my job tonite is to be the Emcee and make sure everyone has met everyone else, get the 50/50 tickets rolling, give out the door prizes, make the gift presentation to the outgoing director and so forth. I think it's just the sort of thing this self centered alcoholic might enjoy once he gets over his nerves lol.
This is something I wouldn't have probably even attended, much less tried to put together and host even just a few short years ago. I've (until now) always had difficulty making myself get out and just introduce myself to people and talk, etc. I think fear and self esteem play a large role in my former apprehension about such events... I recall going to my first one of these as a Chamber member after having just opened my mortgage company in May of 2006. I was mortified to go in there, and really nervous about being there and didn't talk a whole lot to anyone unless I was introduced, lol. My how things have changed in 3 years! I think this says alot about the progress we make on ourselves in sobriety and life in general. HP helps us grow, if we have the courage to ask Him and follow Him. I am proof of this... Anyone growing in recovery is proof of this!