I performed on the weekend at three different venues. During one of the performances I was told repeatedly how easy I was to work with. I could take this two ways;either I am a total push over and don’t speak my mind, or I am fairly easy going.
Whatever the case may be, it makes me think that there are a lot of artists who aren’t easy to work with, or who appear to be but when push comes to shove, they shove! I was always told as a child how sensitive I was.
I am beginning to see that as a strength as an adult, not only in my songwriting, but also in assessing a situation and the people within it. Sometimes a smile can go a long way during a sound check, or thanking the stage manager, responding to emails, or introducing yourself to other artists involved in an event.
I am well aware I am not perfect – just ask my family who have to live with me every day. I am also well aware that some days are bad ones and we make mistakes…I make many and have had more than one bad hair day! But I hope that integrity is alive and well in the creative arts, especially creative ministry.
People are more important than a performance. I hope more than anything that if my children look back on my ministry when they are older, this will be the legacy they see and experience themselves. I will have to remember this next time I am performing and things don’t go my way…..