I had watched him do it hundreds of times for over 25 years. After an event, the mic cables would be disconnected and carefully laid out in front of the stage, across the room or down a hallway. Then they would be coiled and placed in the appropriate bin so that they would be ready for use the next time. It may seem like a small matter but cables that are improperly wrapped (or not wrapped at all) can not only become tangled, they can become damaged. It saves a lot of time and frustration if the cords are properly wrapped at the end of an event so that they are ready for use for the next one.
His work-study students quickly learned that incorrect wrapping of the cables would not be tolerated. One of the first skills he taught them was how to wrap cords. In fact, early on the students who worked in media services started to refer to wrapping cables as "The Reynolds Wrap". It seemed like such a small, insignificant thing but was it?
Today my husband sent me a copy of an article that had been written in an alumni magazine that asked the question, "Who are the people who aren't professors?" An alumni who is now a producer at Minnesota Public Radio, worked with my husband as a work-study student for three years. He recounted how he had to lay out the cords, check them and wrap them properly so that they would be ready for use in the future. While he didn't think so at the time, he realizes now that he was being taught not just how to use equipment but how to maintain and respect it. In hindsight, this was a valuable lesson in both technical know-how as well as interpersonal skills. You are considerate of others.
He has never craved being in the limelight. He prefers to work quietly behind the scenes, faithfully doing what needs to be done. Rather than merely saying it can't be done, he looks for ways so that it can be done. He's a "techie" and that's what techies do. They blend into the background, doing what needs to be done so that others look good and yet without them there would be no light or sound. Before the "music" begins, they are there working tirelessly and they are there long after the house is empty and the performers have gone home.
The stage is empty now and the house is quiet. The techies stretch out the long cords and begin to wrap them, inspecting them as they work. They place them in the bins in readiness for when they will be needed again. It seems like such a small, insignifcant thing but is it?
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Loved your blog and reminded me of the Louie Giglio story how God uses suffering as an amplifier of His the message. We can choose to use the microphone cord and microphone to proclaim not matter how grave the situation, even taking my last breath. It does NOT take my life. I have still won in my overcoming Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Thanks in Him,