It's easy to forget that we are all perfect in our own design. Sometimes we muck it up with habits and choices that do not serve us.
The other day, I came across the most moving video that I’ve seen in a long time. It’s called the Virtual Choir from Eric Whitacre, and the premise is simple: One man pulls together over 17,000 separate voices from 129 different countries in one single piece of music.
When I heard the voices blending, melding, lifting each other up in song and harmony, I couldn’t hold the tears back. “This is how it’s supposed to be!” I said to myself. “This is what Life is all about.”
Here’s their Virtual Choir 6:
As I listened to the voices from every continent on the globe, I couldn’t help but make the correlation to how our lives twine together in other ways to create a grand symphony. Each voice has its own pitch, its own notes, its own individual characteristics. None of the voices are perfect on their own. They each have words to sing and a role to play, and on their own they might be lovely, but when each is blended with thousands upon thousands of others, it’s simply magical. At the same time, if any individual voice were to be missing, the collective whole would suffer.
(I bet you can see where I’m going with this…??)
Diversity is critical in a symphony.
If everyone were playing the same note at the same time in the same key on the same instrument, the song would have no depth. The interest and richness of the music comes from the variety of the instruments and the notes they’re playing in harmony with each other. The tuba doesn’t try to play the flute’s part, and the flute doesn’t try to imitate the cymbals. All are needed in different ways at different times.
I’ve heard it said that if two people agree on everything, one of them is unnecessary. That is so true in the world of music! We need different instruments. We need diversity. We need variety. AND we need to be working from the same sheet of music so we can align our work with our neighbors’. Musicians and singers don’t work against each other. It’s not a competition. Instead, they come alongside one another to work together to a common end. Yes, they may have different instruments and parts to play, but they’re playing the same song.
One of the most beautiful things about music is that it is not about perfection.
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