Thoughts for the Road
God Bless and Enjoy the time off.
GREATNESS from Dave Burgess in the book "Teach Like a Pirate"
Little Drummer Boy has been my favorite Christmas Carol for as long as I can remember. Of all of the holiday songs, I can honestly say it is the only one that truly moves me. The idea of a young boy, too poor to afford a fitting gift for the "newborn king," attempting to honor him with what he does is a great lesson for all of us. We spend too much time stressing out and concerning ourselves with what is absent in our lives, and not enough time focusing on what really matters.
The drummer boy may not be able to afford expensive and fancy gifts, but he has something better; he can offer the gift of his unique strengths and talents. He has no material gift to offer, but what he can do is play his drum like no one else is capable of playing it. And he does. The fact that his play is met with approval and acceptance from Mary and the animals is certainly of no surprise. After all, when one is engaged in pursuing one's passion and offering the very personal gift of doing what he does best, the power is undeniable and clear to all.
Isn't that what life is really all about? We all have to find our own personal "drum" and then play it the best we can. For me, I never feel more truly alive than when I'm standing in front of a class of students or a seminar room full of teachers. That's my drum I'm playing up there and I'm going to play the heck out of it. The line, "I played my best for him," is a call to arms and a challenge to meet. Forget about all of the things you can't control and play your drum to the best of your abilities. Play with all the passion, enthusiasm, and heart you can muster. Nothing else really matters. You can offer no finer gift or higher honor to the world than to find out what your "drum" is and then play it for all it's worth.
Thanks to you all, there is greatness all around me.
Thanks to all of you, I am surrounded by greatness. See you on the 5th.