Earlier this week my two year old daughter, Piper, and I wrote a song together. It's called The Sandwich Song. We were sitting in our living room. She was playing with her picnic basket. I was playing my wife's guitar. We started singing about the items in her picnic basket when I decided I should record it. I turned on my phone, and this is what happened.
I decided to share that video on Facebook. I never expected what would come next. My friend Rusty made an amazing cover of the song and shared it on Facebook. Then shortly after that, my friends Dan and Amy made a cover of Rusty's cover and shared it on Facebook. That same evening my friends Kim and Brianna wrote a hip-hop cover of the sandwich song. Later that night my dad jumped in on the action all the way from North Carolina with his cover of the sandwich song.
These videos have been viewed a total of somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 times. They have hundreds of likes and comments. I'd like to say that we sort of broke the internet, at least in our community. I honestly couldn't have imagined it would turn into what it did. But I loved it, and obviously lots of other people did too. I've had people stop me in public and tell me how much they loved the sandwich songs. I was at a high school football game tonight and several people approached me about the sandwich song phenomenon. Some people asked for a live performance on the spot. It's kind of a big deal.
The craziest part about all of this is that I almost didn't post the video of the original sandwich song. I recorded it. I thought it was funny. I thought my wife would appreciate it. But I didn't necessarily think it was worth sharing online. I didn't think other people would love it like I did. Because as a parent you tend to think everything your kid does is the most amazing thing in the world. But other people aren't as impressed with your kid as you are. So I didn't want to be that annoying parent who shares every single moment of their kid's life online and brags about how ridiculously awesome they are. But then I figured, why not? So I posted it and didn't expect much to come from it. I couldn't have been more wrong.
The truth is we do the same thing when it comes to our "sandwich song." What I mean is we have gifts and talents, we have thoughts and insights, we have moments and experiences in our lives that we could share. But we convince ourselves that they aren't good enough to share, that other people won't care for them, that people will just be annoyed by us. So instead of sharing those gifts, insights, and experiences, we stuff them away. And no one gets to hear our sandwich song. No one gets to be inspired by our song to go and make their own version. The world doesn't get to experience the joy and the creativity that comes from it. All because we don't think our sandwich song is worth sharing. Let me tell you, you couldn't be more wrong.
So what is your sandwich song? What is that gift, that insight, that moment you have that you need to share with the world? And what are you going to do about it? Maybe it's time for you to share your sandwich song. Because you never know where it will lead, who it will inspire, the joy it will bring, and the community it will create. I can't wait to hear it.