A MUSIC LESSON
by Jackie Sagner
One day while walking through the forest, LB bear saw a sign "Forest Band Tryouts Next Week".
"Wow, a band, I would love to be in a band," he thought. LB had never played an instrument before but he was willing to try. He had seen concerts in the forest before and really admired the animals that could sing and play instruments.
He hurried home to tell his parents of the tryouts. LB's Mom was cooking dinner; Dad was sitting in his favorite chair reading the newspaper when LB rushed in with the news.
" Mom, Dad, guess what? I am going to be in a band!" Well his parents were stunned since they knew the little cub did not know the first thing about a musical instrument. LB's Mom just hesitated for a second and then said, "Well, that is great dear, uh, what will you play?" She did not want to disappoint the cub so she tried to be encouraging.
"I am going to play the harmonica," he replied. " I just know I can do that, I know I can." He then ran to his room to practice and he practiced every day for the next week until the tryouts.
He woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed on the day of the tryouts and ran to the forest only to see all of his friends there. Sammy the squirrel was there with his guitar, Robby the rabbit with his drum set and everyone was practicing until their name was called.
Finally they got to LB and he was nervous but he went in and did his very best. When he was finished he was told that he was good, but not quite good enough for the band. The judges were sorry, but he just could not be in the band.
LB was heart broken, especially since all the other animals were chosen for the band and he wasn't. With his head down he headed home, trying not to cry.
He was almost home when he heard his name being called, "Wait LB! wait! I have to talk to you!" said one of the judges running toward him. LB could not imagine what was going on since he was already told he could not join his friends in the band.
"LB we need a manager for the band, can you do that?" LB stood for a second and then replied, "I don't know how to be a band manager, what if I mess up?"
"Well, you won't know until you try and anyway, all of your friends want you to be a part of the band, so will you do it?" Just at that time all the other animals joined in, "Please do it!" they all shouted. "Come on LB, you can do it," said Sammy the squirrel.
"OK, I will do it, thanks guys." Everyone won that day, the other animals would be in the band and LB would be their manager.
It just goes to show that if you don't find success in one area, have patience and you will find it in another! Don't stop looking!
"Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst...a spark that creates extraordinary results."
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