Last nite we held our monthly Pack meeting for the Cub Scouts. As an incentive to the boys to sell lots of popcorn, we told them that any Cub selling over a certain amount gets to put a whipped cream pie in the face of their adult leader of choice. Out of the 15 boys that qualified, I only caught two pies in the face... Man that stuff is sticky! It was fun!
This morning at Rotary Club, it's "Career Day" where we take high school juniors out to into the local business community job shadow for half a day. This is good stuff! I wish I could have done that as a high school junior. I remember in 10th grade we had to pick two careers we were considering and write a paper about each. I chose High School Band Director and Salesman/Sales Mgr. I was most recently a Mortgage Loan Officer and now I run a Chamber of Commerce, lol. Of course, the Chamber job is 110% sales so I've stayed true to form there. Every job I have had in my professional career has involved sales\consulting and mangement.
My drinking "toasted" my music career. Drugs and alcohol became much more important to me than my playing/teaching career. I simply vanished from the radar screen of the professional music teacher. I burned all my bridges in Houston and I never got back into the scene up here in Ohio when I returned home. I simply vanished. At least now, I have been playing again for a few years, and I have done some teaching here and there. So, at least I can say that I am back using the gift of music God gave me.
Our talents and passions are the gifts God gives us. What we do with our gifts is the gift we give back to God. If I could live my life a day at a time following this simple philosophy, I bet my life would be full of joy and I'd be given all that I need in order to get through life.
God's gifts to me...
a talent for speaking/presenting
a gift for teaching
a musical gift
a sense of humor
a kind heart
a desire to help others
a passion to help youth succeed
a bright mind
a talent for writing (that has gone largely undeveloped, lol)
I have never really spent much time reflecting on this principle/philosophy... I think it's time I do.