An impromptu drop into the Calabash of Culture in Sydenham on a Friday night brought with it great food, great company, great conversation and seven powerful lesson in life.
My belly full with another tasty Calabash meal, I sat back to take
savour the flavours still lingering on my tongue when in came a folk band from Poland. I found myself tapping my feet and singing along when they belted out their take on a Bob Marley classic, Redemption Song.
Whilst I don’t remember their name (shame on me) I do remember the lessons they taught me:
- Be yourself. If you make a mistake deal with it in your own way and it’s easier to get back on track. One of the singers forgot the words to the song but he was was honest about it, which made him more endearing to his audience and he soon got back into the swing of things and we all soon forgot about that moment.
- Keep moving. Life is full of obstacles and stumbling blocks but you just have to keep on moving toward your goals.
- Don’t do it alone. Alone is not only an uphill struggle, it’s also boring.
- Find the music that’s already in you. Music isn’t just about singing or playing an instrument. There’s music in all of us, all we need to do is allow it to come out and dance to the rhythm and the beat.
- Don’t be afraid to share your gifts. The gifts you have been given can brighten someone else’s day
Not bad for an impromptu evening out!