The greatest thing I got on vacation

Last week, we took our family on vacation to the Wisconsin Dells.  We skipped all the waterparks and long lines, and instead, we opted to give our kids the real tourist experience.  We ate at local restaurants that featured crazy things like glazed donut grilled cheese sandwiches.  We hunted through mirror mazes and tunnels to free wizards, and stopped in every fudge shop on the main drag.  It was wonderful to search for treasures at all the souvenir shops and thrilling to see our kids' eyes light up when they found something really cool.

One of the greatest things that our kids got to see however, was not something you could purchase tickets to or pick up from a store full of tchotchkes.  As we were headed back to our hotel, with aching feet and memories from a day well spent, we happened past a musician setting up his drums in a small square between buildings.

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He carefully placed every piece and tested its sound.  We stopped, even though he hadn't quite finished setting up, and the kids were instantly mesmerized by his kit of intriguing objects.  He talked to the small crowd that was gathering and joked that he always hoped he could set up quicker, but that hoping never seemed to speed things up.

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That's when something awesome happened.  Now...when I say awesome, I don't just mean that his skills were very impressive.  They were, to be certain, awesome in that way.  More importantly though, when he played, I was in awe.  Watching him play inspired me.

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When someone has true passion for something, it shines through them like a beam of light.  This gentleman could have lit up a country mile at two am.  He played with precision and purpose.  He knew every beat in his heart and his hands were a blur sharing the sound with everyone in the audience.  It was a beautiful reminder of how we should all live our lives.

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Find your passion; find your purpose.  Light the dark that others can see you shine.