This morning, I’m judging District high school choir tryouts in El Campo. This is always interesting as terrified high school singers come in and sing the music that they have prepared for audition. Some have worked diligently and are ready to go. Others will struggle to get the notes out. Ether way, it is always interesting to sit and listen to these young singers.
I remember the days of juries and tryouts for things. Always stressful for those who put themselves out there to be judged on their preparation and their talents. I have compassion for them. This is never easy.
When was the last time that you put yourself out there to be judged? Do you regularly open yourself up for growth by what you will learn? Or, are you always playing it safe – never wanting to risk or be challenged?
When I listen today, I will hear singers who have prepared for this challenge and respond well to the stress of competition. I will also hear those who for whom preparation wasn’t part of their daily routine. And, I will hear those for whom the terror of public presentation is too much, so they will quietly or spectacularly fail.
I’ve been each of these singers. As I said, I have compassion and empathy. Each time I put myself out there, no matter my level of comfort or prep, I always learned a bit about myself.
Today, will be a learning experience. I hope all will embrace this.