In his weekly note, Gary Burnison shares an insightful moment of pause for each of us to reflect on our life’s purpose and meaning.
The concert hall was packed, and a massive grand piano stood in the spotlight. We gave a thunderous round of applause when the pianist sat down and began to play. Then, halfway through Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, this world-famous artist suddenly stopped in the middle, rose to his feet, and announced he simply couldn’t play any longer.
It happened years ago, but I can still remember the stunned silence hanging over that concert hall. Punctuating this surreal moment, the conductor left the podium and slowly approached the pianist, whispering a few words that nobody heard. After a moment, the pianist gathered himself, then resumed playing with a passion and vigor we had not heard all evening.
Throughout the rest of the concert, one question was on my mind: What did the conductor say to the pianist. Later I learned of his simple but profound words … “We do it because we love the music.”
That message is a timeless gift to all of us. For the pianist, it is the music. For the artist, it is the painting. And for all of us, it is remembering why we do what we do.
May Burnison’s words be a whisper in your ears, “We do it because we love the music,” a thoughtful reminder of why we do what we do. For us, it is about an unconditional, selfless serving of others. It is about our continuing pursuit of being more than we ever dreamed we could be… and more… so much more. With passion and joy continue to find and listen to your music. Let your song be heard. Be the dream weavers in the lives of others that they, also, find and live to their greatest potential.
Have a beautiful day, Happy Father’s Day and a magnificent week!!!