September 10, 2012

Stepping UP and OUT of the COMFORT ZONE

Once in a while you get the opportunity to do something new; something that stretches you out of your comfort zone. This past weekend was one of those opportunities. Lady Hiva volunteered for us to be the emcees at the LDS single adult roadshow. Note that SHE volunteered, not me. Being in front of a crowd is fun for me. But she is a self-proclaimed introvert and does not like to be the center of attention—I know, you ask how she and I are married! HAHA! She has made a goal to get out of her comfort zone and this was the ultimate example.

A roadshow is the name for a themed talent show when each congregation performs for a large audience. The theme of the night was music, so each congregation of LDS singles danced, sang and acted out one of the types of music you can hear: POP, COUNTRY, ALTERNATIVE, ACCOUSTIC, and BALLAD.

It was fun to see their talents. Some of the MOST shy people during the week stood up and belted out Shanya Twain or Adele… We laughed, cheered, and were utterly surprised. I could not help but think how good these 19-30 year olds are. They are leaders both in their congregations and at work or school.

It was also fun to see how the crowd was willing to participate too. It makes being the emcee much easier. Whenever there was a waiting time to set up, we would have a trivia question or ask someone to impromptu sing or dance. What a blast! They would all come up and sing or dance without even hesitating. I was impressed at the talent, or maybe it is the sheer void of being embarrassed. It was as if they learn from an early age to embrace who they are and enjoy it!

Their choreography was talented and each congregation was unique. Some had line dancing or break dancing, others had ballet or modern dancing. The night was truly a delight! I am glad that Lady was willing to volunteer so we could be involved.

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