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                                                                                                                  They say that a picture can be “Worth a Thousand Words” which could be true, but sometimes I think you can tell a story with a lot fewer words than that. I like to get straight to the point. Funny thing about this photo is that what I witnessed could run parallel to any of our lives.

 

A couple of weeks ago I was wandering through the Heritage Festival in Tower Grove Park. It was cool to see all these different nationalities showcasing (read “selling”) their jewelry/clothing/food which were all amazing, especially the food. The coolest thing I came across though, was this African Drum line. Up on stage they’re a bunch of elders banging the congos and in the middle of them is this Lil Guy, couldn’t have been more than 5 years old. What amazed me more is that as they’re performing this show, it starts pouring down raining and Lil Guy has a solo to perform. Let me set the scene for you a band stage in the park, about 150-200 people standing there to watch, it starts raining, and they don’t budge because they want to see what the kid has to offer. Something that I know would detered many of adults that suffer from stage fright, but the Little Drummer Boy moves to the front of the stage and starts  grooving to the beat of his own drum. This is where it gets interesting and its something I think we all can relate to. People start coming up to him and pinning money to him and placing money at his feet. What do think he did, he’s young and see’s money, he stops playing to pick up the money. One of the elders comes to his side and guides his hands and his thoughts back to the drum and the rhythm. A couple of things happened here. One the child shows enough promise that the older men thought it would be good to give him some shine. Two he gets into the spotlight and starts feeling the monetary praise he’s getting and forgets what he’s there to do. Then at last someone whose has been down that road before has to come and lead him back to the path that he was on.  I think its something that we’ve all been guilty of before, we let the money get in the way of what we’re trying to do. With time and guidance I hope that he learns that he does it for the love and with love, the money will be there waiting on him and not him chasing it. I hope you guys know that as well, do it for and with love…

B. Reason

 

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