A week at the Barbershop International convention and contest in Nashville showed one thing that is undeniable: The music is moving forward. Such growth in the artform, I pose, might be at unprecedented speed. At least to may of us in the audience.
That doesn’t mean everyone liked everything they saw. Far from it. And there was public discussion about it all, thanks to social media. But the enthusiasm for the artform stands the test of time, and can be overwhelming. How can we, a small, struggling (insert your choice of adjective here) chapter, expect to play in the same field as the performers on stage last week?
Who said you need to? Is your chapter open to new ideas? Is it looking at new possibilities with each new member, since this changes the “who you might be” equation? Is your idea of your chapter’s potential caught up in an out-of-date model of who you are? What is your potential, your capability?
Stop and take at look at the possibilities in front of you. Imaging incremental improvements when all member’s talents are considered. Imaging the energy brought to life if all members can be a part of the movement.
Seek, develop, use and enhance the skills and talents of each member to such an extent that progress seems limitless.”
Oh, and please don’t forget to have fun in the process.