I Should Have Said No-One More Time

High School Band, Chorus, and Orchestra

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When I was in high school I was invited to participate in a District Band, Orchestra and Chorus Festival. Musicians from a number of schools came together, practiced for a day and performed a concert that evening. I went on my second instrument, so being seated last chair did not bother me. I was just glad to be there. My best friend went on his primary instrument. He did not have a good audition, and he was seated low in his section. He was not pleased.

bowlingHe said we should skip out on one of the rehearsals and go bowling. He kept asking, and I finally agreed. Of course the outcome was not good. Of course we were caught. We had to apologize to the host teacher of the festival, and our music director took us back home. I expected my father’s disapproval, and I was not disappointed. The following Monday, my sense that everyone was talking about what we had done was not paranoia–they really were. Several of my teachers made a point of telling me how disappointed they were in me.

gossipFor the rest of my time in high school, our behavior was held up as the standard for what not to do each year as this event approached. I have it on good authority that the story outlived my time in high school.

Not surprisingly, one of the positive lessons I learned from this is that I can’t get away with things. I am grateful for such a vivid lesson learned at a relatively young age. I also learned how painful it is for me to knowingly disappoint people who have placed their faith and trust in me.

I have made other mistakes in my life, on my path to success. Most of my subsequent mistakes have been honest attempts at things that just did not work out. There is a difference.

notebookTake out your journal and list the lessons of this type you have learned. Write about how you are growing as a result of these lessons. How have these lessons made you ready for your success?