Focus in a Storm – Dance Until it Rains
On Saturday, July 4th, I had the great honor and pleasure of speaking at a Tea Party in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Laurie Masterson, the person who invited me and who did a great deal of the groundwork, is a true reflection of her community – kind, hardworking, generous, concerned, and committed to making a difference. My wife and daughter both commented on how friendly everyone was, and we even talked about the NWA of Arkansas being a great place to live.
Of course, every event has a highlight, and for me it was the big rain storm that started five minutes into my speech. Suddenly, the 1000 people enjoying the surprisingly cool outdoors were now scrambling for cover. Just like true Americans who know what to do when a storm comes, we improvised. I finished my talk without the aid of a sound system, as did the other speakers who came after me, under the cover of a large tin roof (with no walls to ruin the view!).
As I looked out over the crowd, pressed close so they could hear, ignoring the rain and the thunder and the lightning, I suddenly felt very proud to be an American. Each person there came for a reason that was far greater than their personal comfort. I noticed how people were looking out for their neighbor, not concerned about their own needs. In a nutshell, the storm was very symbolic of what is going on in our country, and what is right about America.
The storm also gave me a chance to tell a story I heard from Andy Andrews. Andy told a story about a tribe of Aborigines in Australia that were famous for doing rain dances. In fact, every community that experienced a major drought would bring this group of people in, and 100% of the time when they danced, the rain would come.
One time one of the community leaders had a private conversation with one of the tribal elders and asked him why they were so successful. He said it was pretty simple, really – they just danced until it rained.
I have a strong belief that the Tea Party movement is really the start of a dance here in America. A dance to bring back the values that our country was founded on. I know the people in Fayetteville, Arkansas, who attended the Tea Party are committed to dancing until it rains – are you?
My sincere thanks to everyone for such a great event (and a big hug for you Laurie!).