It’s tough to find your way in the no-man’s-land between traditional religious dogma and New Age “woo-woo”. Spiritual author and speaker Donald Lee masterfully reveals a common-sense and universal view of spirituality in his new book of modern-day parables.
Do you feel adrift in a sea of conflict? Do you feel your life needs direction? Has your spiritual journey got you lost in the woods? “The Band Director’s Lessons About Life” offers simple advice and relatable stories from your friendly, neighborhood band director. Using music as a metaphor for life, each little parable begins with a story from school and ends with a reflection on the spiritual meaning of the story.
- Find your path.
- Be yourself.
- Persevere through struggles.
- Learn from failure, and
- Love the process.
Fifty stories and reflections to pick you up, dust you off, and set you on your way. Or take five minutes before bed to read a parable. You’ll sleep with a positive, inspirational message in your mind.
Donald Lee draws on decades as both a band director and a religion teacher to expertly craft band room vignettes that are both entertaining and illuminating. Whether you’re a Sunday pew-warmer, a hermit monk, or a high-mileage astral traveler, you’ll find something to love, cherish, and chuckle at in these fascinating stories. Pick up your copy today!
“If you pick up this collection, consider that you found a treasure. I do. It both entertains me, and inspires me.”
Archbishop Gerard Pettipas, C.Ss.R
Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan
“The stories made me laugh. The reflections made me think. These lessons are for everyone.”
Journalist, Radio/TV Producer
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Table of Contents
Part 1: Preparation
Parable 1: I Can Only Teach You What You Want to Learn
Parable 2: Things Are Not Always What They Seem
Parable 3: Time Is All You Have
Parable 4: It Doesn’t Matter What You Know Right Now
Parable 5: Choosing an Instrument
Parable 6: Is My Saxophone Fixed Yet?
Parable 7: If It’s Not Yours, Don’t Touch It
Parable 8: Where Does This Road Lead?
Parable 9: Blow Your Own Horn
Parable 10: Make Your Own Kind of Music
Parable 11: See the Best in Yourself and in Others
Parable 12: Creativity and Divinity
Parable 13: What We Believe Changes Us
Part 2: Practice
Parable 14: I Can’t Play That
Parable 15: Always Do Your Best
Parable 16: Nobody Else Can Do Your Practicing for You
Parable 17: We Perform the Way We Practice
Parable 18: Playing in Tune
Parable 19: Have Fun!
Parable 20: Little Missed Key Signature
Parable 21: If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It
Parable 22: Keep Your Nose to the Grindstone, Eyes on the Goal
Parable 23: Welcome Problems
Parable 24: Taking Care of Your Instrument
Parable 25: Shut Off That Music
Parable 26: Progress and Plateaus
Part 3: Performance
Parable 27: We Have to Perform
Parable 28: Do We Have to Wear Our Uniforms?
Parable 29: Strive for Perfection—But You Won’t Achieve It
Parable 30: The Cure for Nervousness
Parable 31: Would You Do That to Me?
Parable 32: It’s Showtime—Every Day
Parable 33: You Can’t Just Not Show Up
Parable 34: Focus on What You Can Change
Parable 35: Sometimes Everything Goes Wrong
Parable 36: Playing Our Part in the Whole
Volume 1: 50 Parables on Life’s Performance Cycle
Parable 37: Be the Music
Parable 38: What Did You Say?
Part 4: Reflection and Redirection
Parable 39: The Concert Debrief
Parable 40: A Personal and Private Space
Parable 41: As You Sow, You Create Spiritual Potential Energy
Parable 42: Put Away Your Cell Phones
Parable 43: Students Should Get Paid for Going to School
Parable 44: Fix What’s Broken
Parable 45: Nothing’s Happening—That You Can See
Parable 46: It’s Not Just About You
Parable 47: It’s Not Fair
Parable 48: So the Concert Was a Disaster
Parable 49: Forgive—To Be Free
arable 50: Where Do You Go from Here?
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