Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Everyone's Cup of Tea

Have you heard this song? It speaks to me... I find myself in this trap quite often. There are times, days, weeks, seasons where I want to get off that merry-go-round and throw in the towel. 

We run around trying to please everyone. It's important to make others happy. Don't offend anyone. Be polite. Be careful of your words. Be sure to keep calm and please. Heaven forbid... don't make a mistake!

As the song says "You can't be everyone's cup of tea"

You can't be everybody's cup of tea
Some like the bitter, some the sweet
Nobody's everybody's favorite
So you might as well just make it how you please
Cause you can't be everybody's cup of tea

It's so easy to judge another's accomplishments. It's so easy to correct what you didn't start. At some point in your life, you have started a paper or a project... if you're like me, the beginning didn't always follow through to the end. We modify. We draft. We review. We wrestle with what it should become. Sometimes it's an easy process. Sometimes it isn't. But, I remember reviewing papers of others and how easy it was to correct their mistakes and make recommendations. It wasn't that easy with my own. It's easier to take someone else's idea and build on it rather than start from ground zero. 

Just try to remember we are all works in progress. We don't need the harsh judgment of others. We are our own worst critic. 

At the end of the day... we can't be everything to everyone. Our decisions are not going to be 100% supported. Someone out there is going to say they would have done this or that or would have never done this or that. They are going to judge us based on every action we make. It's the world we live in. But, in order to change the world... we need to start the change within our selves... 

Before you critique another leader or tell them where their shortcomings are... remember you have them too and they are doing the best they can. Just because you would have done it differently, doesn't mean it's the only way. Just because you don't agree with it, doesn't make it wrong. 

We rarely know the obstacles someone is facing in their life. Have compassion. Give some slack. Take a moment and breathe. 

and remember... you don't have to be everyone's cup of tea, either. Be true to yourself. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sing a song... all day long...

Well... I haven't made a post in a while... I've been busy singing and trying to stay cool.

Our Service Unit hosts a day camp each year and I do the Songs Station. That includes a closing ceremony song for the last night of camp. 

This year, I threw tradition to the wind and went with all funny, goofy songs. If you are looking for Make New Friends or Linger, you are looking in the wrong book. 

The girls had fun. I had fun. We made some memories... that's a pretty cool tradition in itself. 

I thought I'd be nice and all that and share our song booklet. 

Here you go! 

2016 Twilight Camp Song Book (it doubles as a coloring book, if you print it on white paper)

Yes. It's a PDF. Yes. There are a few typos.