I just created a page on facebook for my music studio. It has brought back many memories – especially as I have threatened to post videos of past recitals – and have indeed posted one from June, 2002 – in which I had the privilege to sing with three lovely young ladies in “Mister Sandman” – what memories of fun and laughter we had when trying to learn the hand motions for it! I have been looking through many “past” videos – as you can imagine after 13 plus years of recitals. It’s been fun – it has brought laughter and has caused me to reflect on the past.
Sometimes we don’t have a good “view” of the present and certainly not the future – but I can truly say that I have a clear view of the past. Just seeing how far these students have come in those years is incredible. I’ve had the privilege to work with and coach hundreds of students over my long career – and it has truly been a joy! Many students I have had in my home once a week for years. I have MAJOR bragging rights!! They are all my kids.
Wouldn’t it be nice if our regular world had a video tape of past events from our life – so we could go back over it – remember the good times – see our kids when they were little and see them grow up – see things in a different light – and say, “awwww the good old days – remember that?” A clear view. Unfortunately – life is not that clear – and we don’t always have a video camera for everything – oh maybe some of the good stuff – but usually never the bad. Aren’t you glad? Me too!
There is nothing in the world like the feeling that you get from making a difference in someone’s life. And if you ever forget just how much of a personal impact you have made on this world and in your own circle of friends – just take out your own “memories” of great things from the past – just like these videos of mine – and you will have a clear view too.