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Amy's Reflections

March 31, 2016

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. - Robert F. Kennedy

Between the funeral service I attended last week and Easter service on Sunday, I was reminded of my utter lack of musical talent. I listen to all the amazing voices around me and desperately try to blend my voice in to no avail. Even though I am completely off key, I find that I am moved by the music around me. At the funeral service, I was blown away by the hauntingly beautiful saxophone version of “It Is Well with My Soul”. As a purely instrumental performance, it was breathtaking and brought joy to my heart. I am sure Mabel was smiling down listening with pride.

Even though I am not musically inclined, I can still appreciate the musical arts. My close friends know that I have a “hit list” of songs that speak to me at any given point in time. Most of them have received random texts from me with a song title and a simple, “Made me think of you”. An example from just this week is “Eye of the Storm” by Ryan Stevenson.  Since hearing it, I have been trying to catch it again as it will be added to my “hit list”. It has a beautiful message. You should check it out. 

Steve once told me that there are actually very few people in the world that truly can’t sing. The vast majority have just never had any training. This has stuck with me and reminds me that sometimes we are quick to acknowledge our lack of abilities instead of being fearless in our pursuit of trying something new.  Perhaps I am one of the few that can’t sing but how will I know if I don’t continue to try? It is much safer to not even try than to try and fail. I wonder if we are actually safer or if we are missing out. So, my challenge to you this week is to find your “I can’t” and at the very least attempt to turn it into an “I can”. Imagine the possibilities!

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. - George E. Woodberry 


-Amy McDaniel, Belmond CEO


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