Comment from Ralph R.: Thanks for your feature story on Robert Rudolph this morning! As one of the pastors at Messiah United Methodist Church, let me just say how grateful we are for Robert's leadership and passion in leading our music ministry. He is truly a blessing to our church. We also want to thank Jane and her crew for their professionalism during their visits to our church.
Jane Pauley: Thank you, I think our very talented crew was able to do justice to your beautiful church. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Comment from Terry: It is hard to say to yourself "I will do what makes me happy.” We are all so worried about the consequences. Do what you want, then everything and everyone will fall into place. Like the song "If mama ain't happy, then nobody happy". Remember, like it or dislike it, parents can only do the best they can in the situation presented before them. Glad Robert is doing what he always wanted to do. I would think in the end all parents just want their kids to be happy and healthy.
Comment from Jackie: Often the skills learned in jobs we have not loved prove valuable later as with Robert. Once people had one job most of their careers, but now job switching almost an advantage to broaden skills, so more options available. I have retired more than once and keep discovering skills I had all along that I took for granted, and are more valuable to me now.
Elizabeth Craig: Yes, Jackie, you are exactly right.
Comment from Becky: Jane and Elizabeth; I agree about the volunteerism. I've volunteered for years in a Yucatan community, which started out as a travel volunteer opportunity. I also now volunteer in my community in search and rescue. Those opportunities have been incredible experiences.
Jane Pauley: Robert, I have a question for you: Do you feel that your years in business were wasted, were a mistake? Or do you think they were valuable and taught you things about yourself, or skills that make you a better music director?
Robert Rudolph: To answer your question, Jane, I have come to learn of all life experience as valuable. There are absolutely ways that my experience in business influences my direction and management of a music program that handles 14 ensembles, countless rehearsals, budget management and fundraising for ongoing programs. Although the business experience may have not have been the happiest of times, it still was a valuable time.
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