I attended the state convention for music educators this past week and had such a great time. Sometimes, when you’ve done something for a long time, you just really need some new,fresh ideas, a boost or shot in the arm if you will. I had gotten to the point, in my professional life, that I was just going through the motions, my heart wasn’t really in it anymore. (Actually; I think I felt beaten down by life’s experiences.) Zig Zigler once said, “It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” That describes me, just going through the motions because I am disciplined and committed.
And then I went to this convention and I learned new ways to teach old topics and I talked to fellow music teachers and I listened to new tunes and I came away refreshed and invigorated and… frustrated. Frustrated? How could I be frustrated when so many people had worked so hard to put together such a wonderful convention? Well, although I got many great ideas from the presenters what I didn’t get was instructions on how to implement those suggestions. Where were the patterns, templates and printouts that would make my job a little easier? Don’t just tell me your ideas- make it easy for me to put your ideas to use.
So what does all this rambling have to do with family reunions? (This a family reunion website, after all.) When we came up with this idea, the idea of having a family reunion web page, the one thing I knew is that I didn’t want it to be just a “planner”,I wanted it to be a place where people could come for actual ideas, and the schedules, printouts and templates to actually implement those ideas. (If you need princess tiaras for you medieval family reunion then you would be able to print out a pattern and if you needed cardboard swords you could print that pattern out too.) And so, that’s what we’ve done- made it easier for you to plan your family reunion by including everything you need. Print off the crossword puzzle or Battleship game that goes along with the Boot Camp family reunion or print off the water bottle labels in the Olympic reunion and print off the Bunko score card in the Cave Man family reunion. I’m not going to just give you give you my ideas, I’ll help you implement those ideas and hopefully that will make planning your family reunion a little easier. I do that because I’m disciplined and committed.