March 17, 2014 at 7:34 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns?” – Desmond Tutu

This week sees us leading up to Harmony Day on Friday 21st March here in Australia. As humans we have at our core a sense of connection and belonging being vitally important within our individual and shared journeys of potential. Whether it be in our families, schools, workplaces, communities, nations or the greater global village, we have that inner desire and need to experience, foster and celebrate belonging and deepening connection to self, others and the world around us.

Many events, activities and interactions will be staged this week to promote, foster and celebrate this theme of harmony. I love the metaphor that Desmond Tutu speaks of in the opening quote of this post. What lens we view the diversity that exists in our ‘world’ opens us up or closes down opportunities as individuals and groups to experience what we truly are, connected rather than separate.

 “I grew up in an era where an orchestra was like a treasure chest.” – James Levine

We are not always going to get it right as we interact with self, others and the world around us. But coming back to our core human desire and needs reminds us to courageously show up with respect, openness, awareness and appreciation. We have all experienced feeling the full spectrum of connection and belonging, as well as the despair of disconnection, isolation and rejection. Our daily thoughts, words and actions provide us with opportunities to embrace diversity and make a positive difference to the harmony experienced within our spheres of influence.

“The role of an orchestra in the 21st century isn’t just playing, it’s about developing future audiences and performers.” – Leonard Slatkin

I found the quote above when I was looking for inspiration for this weeks post. It reminded me of our greater purpose, not just the role described of the 21st Century orchestra. Connect first, like I wrote about last week, reminds us that our past, present and importantly future is built on interdependence. This process honours each individual’s potential, contribution, gifts and talents. We can all take responsibility for what we think, say and do, as we strive to make a difference in our own and others lives.

Here is an orchestra performing ‘Together We Are One’ to finish this weeks post. I hope this week provides you with opportunities to experience, foster and celebrate belonging and connection within your own spheres of influence and communities.


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