If you have ever watched geese flying in that "V" formation you'll understand what this benefit is all about.
I have learned by watching geese fly together that they have a plan that keeps them together, flying in the familiar "wing" or "V" formation. Each goose gets a chance to take the lead, as they constantly change their position in the formation. There are times when one of them cannot keep up, because of age, illness, or injury, and has to leave the formation. Also, that there is always one or two that will follow that goose down to the ground to wait. To stand by. These geese will stay until the fallen goose either dies, or is well enough to regain his position in the group. If he is fortunate and healthy enough to get back with the group, they'll move him to the middle to watch over him until they reach their destination.
What I have learned in the past few weeks about the people in my community, my musical friends, and our listeners, is that we are like those geese, in every respect but one.
Late one Tuesday night, about a month ago, a friend in our community, our group of musicians here in Southern Maryland, had fallen. Bruce is home now, recovering from injuries sustained when he was attacked late at night, coming home after playing music with friends.
You see, not just one or two of us stopped to lend a hand, to stand by. It is that we all came down together. That is where the similarity ends. We all came as a group, to help, and to find ways to reach a common goal. Help Bruce. Keep him with us. To do what we could do to help, whether through prayer, positive vibes (James & Andrea), challenging others to match efforts in kind (JIM, great challenge). Maybe just plain ol' bein' there. What a thrill to be part of that. Now it's all coming together, and we want the rest of you to join us.
We are fortunate to have Bruce back with us today. As if they had seen the movie, the musicians, friends and businesses in the local area, most notably, Bowens Inn of Solomons Island, have gotten involved. Time, energy, and most importantly, compassion has been generously given to see that Bruce gets back up to speed, where we can continually surround him to aid in his health, welfare and full recovery.
Please join us in our efforts as we hold a benefit for Bruce at Bowens Inn, located on Solomons Island, on Sunday, August 22nd, 2004. We want to help offset the cost of recovery, and let Bruce concentrate on the recovery itself, not paying the medical bills associated with such.
There will be live music by many local artists, - see below for a list of performers on the roster - door prizes, and raffles with chances to win some pretty great stuff!