This post is about relationships. Last Saturday, my husband and I were fortunate enough to attend a performance at the Grand Old Opry in Nashville. It's an American icon. It has been on my bucket list.
One of the performing groups is the group that contributed to a song on the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack. The audience was encouraged to sing along to the chorus, with one of the reasons being that we could then say we sang at the Grand Old Opry. So...I can now say I have sung at the Grand Old Opry.
Again, you may be wondering what does this have to do with anything.
On several occasions during the performance, the musicians asked to lift up a fellow musician in prayer and good thoughts. The musician was clearly a part of the "Grand Old Opry family." Many of the performers had been part of this family for 50 years. As I listened to the stories told by these performers, I realized that their time was more than just music. Sure, music was the driving force that brought them together, but it became more than that. It became a family. It was about relationships.
We build relationships everyday. Some are easier than others. Some last longer than others. All of them take an investment.
I just got off the phone with my second grade teacher, Robin, that I wrote about in my first blog of this adventure. She is struggling with health issues. She thanked me for my investment. We have been invested for a long time (40 years by my calculation). Not all relationships last this long and I am thankful for this relationship.
Other relationships impact you in a short time and you hold on to that time. I have several relationships in my history world of educators that I hold onto. I know that it will be almost impossible to get this time we spent together back, but I hold onto that time and dream that it could happen again. That time had a great impact on me!!
We can have that impact on our students. Our impact may be a short time together, but may have ripple effects for years. Others, may be sustained for years to come. They are an investment.
I ask you, how are you invested? Your investment makes a difference!