A 6th grade band concert isn't exactly where I thought I'd do any soul searching tonight, but it's just the way it is sometimes. As I watched my son and 103 other 6th graders play notes in unison tonight, I couldn't help to think about how impossible this all should have been. Christian hasn't ever played an instrument before and I know that he's not the only one out of that crowd of kids who are picking up their instrument for the first time. As they sailed through 9 songs, with each song highlighting a particular section of the band, you could see their inexperience, but the magic was that they were able to keep the music in sync with one another.
At the helm, was a director who knew enough about leadership and how to coax the best out of these kids, who are obviously new, but excited to show their progress. One note out of tune is enough to show a look of dejection on their face, and I saw it tonight, but what I saw after, was the director so perfectly bringing the look on the kids face back to one of excitement. This, was leadership. We're all going to fall, some, more often than others. We're not going to always hit the right notes, or throw the right pitch, but in all my years of experiencing leadership, it's the ones who help me to get back up who produce the best results.
After that kid started playing his trumpet too soon and the look of exasperation had left his face, I watched him a bit more. When it was time for him to actually start playing, because of the subtle smile that his director had shown him, he picked up his instrument and hit the right notes, blending perfectly into the rest of the music that his bandmates were playing. The right leader can help show you that it's ok for you to get things wrong, because perfection isn't a reality. Who's leading your life? #UntilWeMeetAgainProject Day 54.