By Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene (get free updates of new posts here)
How would you feel if your pastor wrote thanks to you for leading the music making in the church service?
I know, you would feel grateful, right?
That's how one of our subscribers, Carolina felt. A while ago we received a this message from her:
"Dear Vidas and Ausra, I am forwarding an email from the pastor that led the service yesterday. I am a relief-organist and literally played in every church in our town. Thanks for your assistance from afar. I had so many silly questions and they were all promptly answered in a way that made me feel “I can do that”. Many times the emails sent by you were about techniques of aspects that I have been lying awake about. My son plays the trumpet – he passed the Gr 6 Trinity exam last year and enjoys playing in church. We played the prelude and postlude together."
This is what her pastor wrote to her:
"Good evening Carolina, thanks for inspired and inspiring music and accompaniment this morning. The congregation sang with gusto!"
Isn't that great to have such appreciative pastors or priests?
It feels very rewarding.
You want to keep extending your gratitude to other people around you.
You also want to make an even better job next time.
And so the cycle of gratitude continues.
Hold on to these people. They are very precious.
(Ignore the toxic trouble-makers. It's not for them that you dedicate your best work. It's for that woman in white coat who can't seem to hide the smile off her face looking up while you demonstrate a metal principal stop in the organ facade.)
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