For All the “Extra Milers”
I’ve always been impressed with and appreciative of those persons who give more than is required. I call them the “extra milers” and they can be found at work, school, play, and most definitely, at choral rehearsals. At least, that’s where I come in contact with many of my “extra milers.” I’m lucky to have many committed singers in each of my choruses, but it is specifically the members of The Michael O’Neal Chamber Singers of whom I wish to speak today. Within the past week and a half, these talented and hard-working vocalists have sung two phenomenal concerts and I am very proud of them. A requirement for being a Chamber Singer is that he or she must also be a member of the regular MOS chorus, thus necessitating that between the two choirs a large amount of music must be learned! The Chamber Singers have risen to the challenge and will now concentrate, with their fellow MOS members, on the Irish music to be performed in less than three weeks.
My point in sharing these thoughts is simple. Primarily, I just want to say a public thank you to my “extra milers,” but I also wish to remind us all that life is relatively short, no matter how many years we have. Therefore, let’s spend those years (and the months, weeks, days, hours and minutes that comprise them) doing things in which we can ultimately take pride. So here is a heartfelt expression of gratitude to all of you who try to go the “extra mile.” Add to that a word of congratulations to all of us (myself included) who have been blessed to have those “extra milers” in our lives.