I sing. I sing a lot. Some people probably would say I sing too much. Like most people, songs get stuck in my head and they play over and over like a huge skip on an old vinyl recording. Certain lines of songs stick and I will sing them, over and over. Word on the street is if you have a song stuck in your head that you don’t like, try singing “Michelle” by the Beatles and it will go away. Some sort of lyrical magic! If, however, you have something stuck in your head that you like, well, I say keep on singing.
Recently I was in Gillette,Wyoming. It is one of the hazards of my employment to go to places like that. (No one that I know of would ever go there just for kicks or vacation.) I was singing. I was singing the words to “Holy Now” by Peter Mayer. Most experienced Unitarian Universalists (UUs) are familiar with Mr. Mayer and his music. He recently played at the Listening Room, here in Fargo,ND. His songs are virtual UU anthems. “Blue Boat Home” is in the UU Hymnal. “Holy Now” is just about as reverent and holy as any song I have ever heard. And that song was stuck in my head.
I was singing lines from the song. ” Wine from water is not so small, but an even better magic trick, is that anything is here at all.” I would hum and continue, “not to look for miracles, but finding where there isn’t one.” I was working and joyfully singing. Most likely, I was smiling too. A coworker was listening and then she asked, “what are you singing?” It was genuine curiosity.
The conversation began. Then the song “The Garden” came up. Well, I just so happen to have my iTunes available right then and there, and I cued up the songs. My coworker smiled and was astounded. She told me how they just purchased a Buddha, a St. Francis and a gnome for their garden. They hadn’t ever heard “The Garden” before, and it touched her. We chatted and I told her that I just joined the UU church. I shared the seven principles with her.
She was awestruck. The next day, she came into work and explained that she looked up Unitarian Universalism on the internet and was very interested. She even found a UU church in Gillette,Wyoming and was anxious to get her family to check it out. I lent her my copy of The Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide. She took it home and showed her partner. She came back and told me that they didn’t know such a place existed where they can be accepted as the family that they are.
Then she told another coworker. The news spread like holy water poured on a marble table top — down and all around. They were mesmerized by the fact that there is an organized religion out there that speaks to their beliefs and accepts everyone.
How cool is it to sing at work? Well, keep singing, because you never know when something you sing will have an impact on someone’s life. It’s a part of the miracle of everyday.